Bramble

Bramble cocktail in a Nick & Nora glass

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Alternatively, bleed the liqueur over the other ingredients in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The Bramble is a contemporary classic invented in the mid 1980s by Dick Bradsell at Fred's Club in London. He says that he wanted to invent a truly British drink and remembered childhood days blackberry picking on the Isle of White. Sadly you can't find a decent British made blackberry liqueur and I wouldn't trust citrus fruit grown in England either.

The Bramble has caught on worldwide. We noticed it featured on a cocktail menu in Christchurch on a recent trip to South Island, New Zealand. Crème de mûre blackberry liqueur is available, but not locally for us, so we have substituted the more widely available crème de cassis blackcurrant liqueur. The drink is basically a gin sour so we serve ours straight up. Dick's original method, however, suggests you bleed the crème de mûre over the other ingredients in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.