Cocktail of the Week: The Bramble

Today’s Cocktail of the Week: The Bramble

littlebrambleThe Bramble is a gin-based cocktail that seems to have slipped off many bartenders’ radar, but it’s a must-drink when blackberries are in season.

What to buy: Make sure you use good-quality dry gin and crème de mûre—the lesser-quality versions will make it too harsh and cloying. Crème de mûre is a blackberry-flavored liqueur and can be found in specialty liquor stores or online. If you can’t find crème de mûre, you can substitute crème de cassis (black currant), but don’t tell any cocktail purists.

Glass: Rocks

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 large blackberries
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 ounce crème de mûre
  • 1 1/2 ounces dry gin, such as Plymouth

Instructions:

1. Combine the lemon juice and blackberries in a rocks glass and muddle until the         berries are broken up.

2. Add some crushed ice and the crème de mûre and gin, stir to combine, and serve.

Garnish with fresh blackberries or a lemon slice.

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