Confessions of a Mixologist: 4 Epic Bramble Cocktails

The dog days of summer are upon us. The solution for this sticky summer slog? The bramble cocktail. It’s a concoction that usually includes blackberry and gin, but variations feature raspberry, blueberry and more. And if gin isn’t your style, vodka makes a great substitution, too. With the many twists on this fruity sipper, it was hard to narrow down the list to just our top four. And if you’re up for something different, check out these Bramble Jelly Shots.

 

The Classic Bramble

Bramble

Photo and cocktail recipe courtesy of Liquor Wire.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz CH Distillery London Dry Gin
1.5 oz Stirrings Simple Syrup
1 barspoon of Creme Yvette
Club Soda
Mix of blueberries and raspberries
Simple Steps:
Muddle berries with Creme Yvette in a glass. Add ice and simple syrup to the muddled mix. Stir in gin and club soda. Finish by garnishing with berries and lemon wheel.

 

Jam Bramble

Bramble Jam

Photo and cocktail recipe courtesy of Freut Cake.

Ingredients:
2 oz North Shore Gin
1 oz Lemon juice
1 oz Stirrings Simple Syrup
1 tbsp Blackberry jam
Crushed ice
Mint for garnish
Simple Steps:
Combine gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, jam and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Pour over a glass of crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint.

 

Blackberry Bramble

Blackberry Bramble

Photo and cocktail recipe courtesy of Food Republic.

Ingredients:
1 oz St. George Terroir Gin
1 oz Cedar Ridge Apple Brandy
3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz Stirrings Simple Syrup
Blackberries
Simple Steps:
Muddle blackberries in a glass. Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Add ice to muddled blackberry mixture and pour chilled contents on top. Garnish with a couple blackberries.

 

Watermelon Basil Bramble

Watermelon Basil Bramble

Photo and cocktail recipe courtesy of A Spicy Perspective.

Ingredients:
2 oz Roundhouse Gin
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Stirrings Simple Syrup
2 chunks of watermelon
2 chopped basil leaves
Pinch of salt
Simple Steps:
Muddle the cut watermelon, basil and salt in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Pour in a fresh glass and garnish with extra basil and watermelon.

If you prefer a simpler version of the classic bramble, check out Saveur’s take on the Bourbon Bramble. Check out some of our other favorite cocktails on our blog and our Pinterest.

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