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Cocktail of the Month: The Bramble

27 Sep 2017

People have mixed thoughts about the 1980s. For some, they represent a series of fashion mistakes that will never be forgiven. For others, far from being a lost decade, the eighties heralded the birth of the modern, digital era.

One thing most can agree on, however, is that whilst the Bramble was born amid the New Romantics and synth concertos, it's already proven itself to be a timeless cocktail that's going to long outlive those of us who remember the troubled fashions of the era!

A great British legacy

The Bramble is one of Dick Bradsell's most famous legacies. The celebrated barman and cocktail designer, who the New York Times credited as being the "father of London's cocktail revival", created this classic whilst working at Fred's Bar in Soho in 1984. His idea was to design a new British cocktail, and with the Bramble he certainly succeeded.

The Bramble drew inspiration from its creator's childhood trips 'blackberrying' in the Isle of Wight. At the Greenhills, our blend of Brockmans Gin, lemon juice and Crème de Mûre offers a refreshing but warming taste of autumn. It's a taste that's perfectly suited to wiling away an October afternoon.

The Bramble

4 cl gin
1.5 cl lemon juice
1 cl simple syrup
1.5 cl Crème de Mûre (blackberry liqueur)

Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker, shake well and pour over the ice.

Stir, and then pour blackberry liqueur over the ice in a circular fashion to create marbling effect. Garnish with two blackberries and a lemon slice.

If you like the Bramble's style but fancy a twist, then you could ask our bar staff to use lime instead of lemon juice or Crème de Cassis instead of Crème de Mûre. Similarly, if you're feeling wintery, then using Demerara sugar syrup lightly infused with cinnamon adds a magical Christmassy touch!


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