The Bramble, invented in 1984 by bartender Dick Bradsell, is one of the few drinks that falls into the category of “modern classics.” One of the founding fathers of London’s cocktail scene, Bradsell created this cross between a Cobbler and a Gin Sour while working at Fred’s Club in SoHo. He considers it a sentimental play on a Singapore Sling using entirely of British products—the blackberries lending a flavor “reminiscent of his childhood on the Isle of Wight.” Bartender and writer Toby Cecchini sums up its contemporary importance well calling it, “the riesling of the cocktail world, known by drinks weenies since seemingly forever.” This seasonal version calls for fresh blackberries.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- 5-6 blackberries
Garnish: blackberry and lemon wheel
- In a rocks glass, muddle the blackberries with simple syrup.
- Add gin and lemon juice, and top with crushed ice.
- Swizzle to mix.
- Top with more crushed ice, and garnish with a blackberry and a lemon wheel.