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Bramble Cocktail – Amazing Blackberry Gin Drink

Introduction: Bramble is a berry summer cocktail

The Bramble is a fruity cocktail with acidic notes of blackberries and lemon. It is perfect for somewhat warmer spring evenings and hot summer days. And it looks great with the black color transitioning to transparency of the gin.

The highlight of the bramble cocktail is its fresh ingredients. So we discourage you from using frozen blackberries or bottled lemon juice from the supermarket. The strong, slightly sour citrus aroma of a freshly squeezed lemon gives the Bramble its sour berry taste.

But if you don’t have fresh blackberries at hand, you should add approximately 20 ml blackberry liqueur to the cocktail.. Be careful not to use more than 20 ml with the measurements in the Bramble recipe below. 

Ready-made lemon juice, on the other hand, is an absolute no-go. The flavors do not go well in the cocktail and cannot replace freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Bramble Recipe

Bramble Blackberry Gin Cocktail

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 1 person


  • pestle
  • Tumbler
  • Drinking straw
  • Bar spoon


  • 50 ml gin
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml sugar syrup
  • Crushed ice or ice cubes
  • 5-6 blackberries to crush
  • 1-2 blackberries for decoration


  • Put blackberries in the tumbler and crush them lightly with a pestle
  • Fill the tumbler with crushed ice
  • Add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup directly into the glass and stir gently
  • Garnish with a blackberry and enjoy!

Recommended Bramble Variations

The Bramble has been tweaked into many different variations. If you are a fan of this classic, we are sure you will want to try out the following Bramble cocktail variation recipes.

bramble cocktail with apple

Christmas Bramble with Apple
Replace the sugar syrup with some fresh apple juice. Rest remains the same. It is a fantastic twist on the Bramble cocktail as apple combines wonderfully with the blackberries and gin.
>> Christmas Bramble Recipe

cranberry bramble cocktail

Cranberry Bramble Cocktail
The Bramble is such a versatile cocktail. Replacing blackberry with cranberry results is another tasty drink while keeping true to the spirit of the original Bramble.
>> Cranberry Bramble Recipe

strawberry bramble cocktail

Strawberry Bramble Cocktail
Lovers of strawberry will lover how the right gin mixes with strawberry and lemons to make this delicious summer cocktail. It is a great spin on the classic Bramble.
>> Strawberry Bramble Recipe

Best Gins for Bramble

Dry gins are particularly suitable for Bramble, but London Dry Gins also go well. Ideally, the gin should have a light citrus aroma to underline the special notes of the cocktail. It is important that the juniper is clearly noticeably to make a good gin cocktail out of the bramble.

Bombay Sapphire
Rating: 4/5

The “Bombay Bramble” is highly recommended by Bombay Sapphire gin for a good reason. The Bombay Sapphire comes across well and the botanicals of the gin combine excellently with the ingredients of the cocktail. Anyone who appreciates Bombay will also appreciate it in this cocktail.
>> Bombay Sapphire review

Bulldog Gin
Rating 5/5

The Bramble with Bulldog Gin is a wonderfully balanced cocktail. The harmony of flavors in the cocktail and its aromas make Bulldog an impressive choice for the Bramble.

Adler Berlin Dry Gin

Adler Berlin Dry Gin
Rating: 5/5

This gin comes from Germany. Its citrus flavors mix wonderfully with the blackberries of this cocktail. And the gins original flavors are not lost. Highly recommended!

Tanqueray No. Ten
rating: 4/5

The Premium Tanqueray gives the Bramble the peculiarities in taste that are characteristic to the No. Ten. Gin and ingredients go very well together. This gin is a very good fit for this cocktail.
>> Tanqueray No. Ten Review

Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin
Rating: 5/5

The Sipsmith makes a very elegant and rounded version of the Bramble. The citrus aromas of the gin combine wonderfully with the cocktail, which does not lose its peculiarities in the drink.
>> Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin Review

Gin Mare
rating: 4/5

This fantastic gin’s thyme aroma clearly comes to the foreground in this cocktail. Therefore, to keep true to the Bramble’s taste, you should add one or two extra blackberries. Once you get the balance right, Gin Mare makes a very good Bramble.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Rating: 4/5

The blackberries dominate the cocktails very clearly. The Tanqueray gin itself stays in the background as expected and lets the other flavors take precedence. A good bramble but without a special gin note.
>> Tanqueray London Dry Gin Review

Unsuitable Gins for Bramble

Bombay Sapphire East
Rating: 1/5

The Bramble is subdued by Bombay Sapphire East gin flavors. This mixture has a very earthy aroma which is generally bad for cocktails.

Beefeater 24
rating: 2/5

The Bramble emphasizes the typical aroma of each gin. In this case, however, slight alcohol notes come through. The clear citrus aromas of Beefeater 24 gin dominate the bramble too much, which spoils the overall balance that this cocktail requires.

Cocktails similar to Bramble

The bramble is characterized by fresh blackberries. If you love it for its fresh berry notes, then you will surely like the following cocktails.

Raspberry Thyme Smash
Raspberries alternate with thyme flavors in this cocktail. This creates the perfect summer cocktail for the berry season.
>> Raspberry Thyme Smash Recipe

Blueberry Rosemary Gin Sour
Raspberries alternate with thyme flavors in this cocktail. This creates the perfect summer cocktail for the berry season.
>> View Recipe

Grapefruit Rosemary Gin Sour
Grapefruit and rosemary are also a delectable combo that go great in a gin sour. Here is a perfect recipe for a summer cooler.
>> View Recipe

If you like your drinks with rosemary, we have collected a few great recipes in this post.

Cocktail glasses for Bramble

Classically the Bramble is served in the tumbler.

Marquis by Waterford
Marquis by Waterford Old Fashioned Glasses are a bestseller on Amazon. They are great for the Bramble cocktail.
>> View on Amazon

Riedel 9 oz Tumbler
Another classic tumbler that is designed for short drinks with ice cubes.
>> View on Amazon

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