This cocktail is nearly as old as me (and that's quite old), but strangely, I don't have the memories that should be conjured up when drinking this one as I didn't grow up anywhere where brambles grew. I lived on a council estate in Fulham so the nearest thing I could have got to foraging was picking up old tin cans or deflated footballs!
Invented in 1984 by Dick Bradsell at Fred's Club in Soho, the Bramble was his way of bringing back memories of foraging for blackberries (or brambles as they are known - though this isn't quite right as the plant itself is called a bramble and the fruit it produces is a blackberry) on the Isle of Wight. The bramble is made using gin, lemon juice and creme de mure (blackberry liqueur) and has a wonderful sweetly sour flavour.
I make these regularly at Copper & Ink, and made it recently on stage at Foodies Festival alongside some delicious Bramble muffins!
3tsp caster sugar
25ml lemon juice
50ml gin (I use Brockmans)
25ml creme de mure (I love British Mure, but any blackberry liqueur will work)
1 blackberry for garnish
I've made you a little instructional video below.
Please Bramble responsibly!