The Bramble, invented in 1984 by bartender Dick Bradsell, is one of the few drinks that fall 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.”
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
- 1/2 ounce crème de mûre
Garnish: blackberries and lemon wheel
- Add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain over crushed ice into a rocks glass.
- Drizzle crème de mûre over top, and garnish with blackberries and lemon wheel.