How to: The perfect Bramble

A classic British cocktail. Simple, crisp and refreshing. The Bramble perfectly balances sweet and sour flavours to create something so delicious that this modern classic is now a staple on the menus of most cocktail bars across the country.

Here’s what you need and how you make it…


Gin – Gin is definitely the spirit of the moment. You can’t walk two paces in a high-flying city like Manchester without coming across a bar advertising specialist gin cocktails – Masons is no different, by the way – and independent gin distilleries are popping up everywhere. Fortunately for you, there’s no specific type of gin needed to make a Bramble, so just reach for your favourite.

Sugar syrup – Simply a concoction made of sugar and water with the ratio of 2:1. It’s incredibly easy to make your own too. Just mix and add.

Lemon juice – The sour to the sweet. Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives your Bramble a slight tang.

Creme de Mure – A French blackberry liqueur. This gives the Bramble that deep purple hue.

Crushed ice – Possibly the most important ingredient of a Bramble. Yes, honestly. It’s essential for the proper chilling and dilution of the drink, and trust us, we know what we’re talking about.

Blackberries and a lemon slice – For garnish.

What you’ll need

  • The ingredients above
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Old fashioned glass

  • 50 ml gin
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • ½ shot sugar syrup
  • ½ shot Creme de Mure


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker
  2. Fill to the halfway mark with crushed ice
  3. Shake until mixed and ice cold
  4. Fill your old-fashioned rock glass with crushed ice
  5. Use your strainer to strain the concoction in your shaker straight over the ice into the glass
  6. Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top, allowing it to trickle through the ice
  7. Decorate with a few fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon on the edge of the glass

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