This is a drink recipe for the perfect summer cocktail. It goes well with any dish that is served cold, but it especially complements those sweet and sour dishes. The bramble cocktail can be made with vodka, gin, or tequila as its base spirit. Luckly, this cocktail drink is made with different flavors by a mixologist. So, you have always an option to enjoy different flavors by telling the mixologist. This blog post will discuss how to make a bramble cocktail using blackberry as the main ingredient.
The bramble cocktail uses fresh ingredients, so there is no need to worry about making your juice, you can do it through a mixologist hire. Instead, let’s take a look.
How To Make A Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
- Gin 35ml
- Lemon Juice 20ml
- Sugar syrup – 10ml
- Blackberry liqueur – 15ml
Recipe Ingredient Details
Gin – I chose gin as my base spirit because it is neutral but has some juniper botanical flavor that pairs nicely with the bramble flavors like raspberry and blackberry liqueur. The best gins to choose are London dry-style gins that do not overwhelm your palate when mixed together on their own or combined with other spirits later on during the cocktails creation process. If you want to make this drink using vodka, choose flavored or infused vodka such as cucumber or blueberry to add an additional layer of flavor.
Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives this bramble cocktail its tart and sour edge, balancing out the sweetness from sugar syrup and fruit flavors of blackberry liqueur. The best lemons for juicing are small-medium-sized organic ones free from pesticides with smooth, shiny skin that is not too firm or soft. To get maximum juice yield, make sure you roll your lemons on a flat surface before cutting them in half horizontally, squeezing each half using both hands over a strainer placed above a bowl, catching all seeds inside it while discarding them pulp afterward.
Sugar Syrup – Sugar syrup is a simple mixture of granulated sugar and water. It can be easily made by boiling equal parts (by volume) of each ingredient until well dissolved without any undissolved grains remaining, usually around five to ten minutes or so, depending on your stovetop heat source strength. For professional bartenders, the easiest way to make it is to keep some extra-fine bar spoon table sugar in an airtight container such as a recycled glass whiskey bottle for easy access at all times, which you could pour into a container with hot water, shake gently and there you go.
Blackberry Liqueur – Blackberry liqueur adds tartness, sweetness, and fruitiness that balances out lemon juice acidity perfectly while adding its fruit flavors which go very well with the blackberry and raspberry. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute it for more fresh squeezed lemon juice, but be aware that liqueur has a stronger fruit flavor than puree or freshly crushed berries, so start by adding less then increase according to taste.
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes and shake hard until chilled (ten seconds). Strain over fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass using a fine strainer if available such as Hawthorn strainer. Garnish with blackberry slice, lime wheel, lemon wedge, or mint sprig if desired. Cheers!