Blackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe

Side view of bramble cocktail garnished with lemon and blackberry.

This Blackberry Bramble Cocktail is the perfect spring sipper. Made with just 4-simple ingredients, this gin based cocktail has bright flavors of blackberry and lemon, and is a definite crowd pleaser. 

When the sun starts shining, and spring begins to make an appearance, I always find myself reaching for refreshing sippers like a classic gin & tonic, or a mint mojito. 

But lately, there is a new cocktail that’s finding its way to our cocktail shaker more and more these days – the Bramble. 

What is a Bramble Cocktail? 

The Bramble cocktail was created in London in the 1980’s. A perfect blend of sweet and sour, it is traditionally made with gin, lemon, simple syrup, and crème de mûre (a blackberry liquor). 

Since I didn’t have any crème de mûre on hand (and I’m guessing most of you don’t either), I decided to create a blackberry simple syrup and swap that in its place. 

Best decision ever. 

With this Bramble cocktail recipe, what really shines are those delicious Oregon blackberries

Bowl of blackberries next to blackberry simple syrup container.

Fresh or frozen blackberries will work in this recipe. In the summer, we’re lucky to have fresh blackberries growing in our backyard, but they normally don’t take off until late in the season. So, I always have a bag of frozen berries on hand in the freezer. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that more than 90% of U.S. grown, frozen blackberries are from Oregon? With the perfect, fertile soils, warm days and cool nights, Oregon produces the most perfect berries.

You’re going to love this Blackberry Bramble cocktail. 

How to make a Bramble Cocktail: 

  • First, make the blackberry simple syrup, by bringing water, sugar and blackberries to a boil. Simmer until the sugar dissolves then cover the pot and let it steep for 15-minutes. Strain the blackberries and let the syrup cool completely. 
  • To make the bramble cocktails, add gin and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Drizzle the blackberry simple syrup over the top and enjoy! 
Overhead shot of bramble cocktail next to bowl of blackberries.

Mocktail Option – Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade: 

If you’re not a drinker, this could easily be made into a refreshing “mocktail” by leaving out the gin and combining the lemon juice and blackberry simple syrup with a splash of ginger ale, ginger beer, or sparkling water. Essentially, a Blackberry Sparkling Lemonade. 

More blackberry recipes: 

Three bramble cocktails on counter with crushed ice.

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Side view of bramble cocktail garnished with lemon and blackberry.

Blackberry Bramble Cocktail Recipe

This Blackberry Bramble Cocktail is the perfect spring sipper. Made with just 4-simple ingredients, this gin based cocktail has bright flavors of blackberry and lemon, and is a definite crowd pleaser.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail

Ingredients

Blackberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Oregon blackberries

Blackberry Bramble:

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces blackberry simple syrup

Mocktail:

  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ½ ounces blackberry simple syrup
  • Soda water (ginger beer or ginger ale, for topping)

To Garnish:

  • Lemon wedges
  • Blackberries

Instructions

Blackberry Simple Syrup:

  • In a medium saucepan stir together water, sugar, and blackberries. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and let mixture simmer until sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes.
  • Strain blackberries from syrup mixture and let cool completely.

Blackberry Bramble:

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the gin and lemon juice and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle the blackberry simple syrup over the top and garnish with a lemon wedge and blackberries. Enjoy!

Mocktail:

  • Add lemon juice and blackberry simple syrup to a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with soda water, ginger beer or ginger ale. Enjoy!

Notes

Calorie calculation is for one cocktail. 
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Equipment

Cocktail Shaker
Saucepan

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 2mg

I teamed up with Oregon Berries to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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