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The Bramble

The Bramble

Entry Date: March 2010

About the Drink

By George Sinclair

"Created in the mid 1980s by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho, London."

I have to be honest here, although I worked with Mr. Bradsell, I never actually asked him the story behind the Brambles creation, so I haven't actually verified whether the story is 100% true, regarding the mid 1980s timeframe, and location.

The recipe that I will first list, for the Bramble, was the one that I was taught by Dick Bradsell himself, while working with him at Match; I state this as there is another recipe making the rounds, which I don't think is taken directly from Dick. It is probably just another example of people trying to "improve" this modern classic.

The "Original" Recipe.

Created by Dick Bradsell

1 ½ shots Plymouth Gin
¾ shot fresh lemon juice
½ shot sugar syrup

Build over crushed ice, in a whisky glass. Stir, then pour over ¾ shot of cremé de mûre; garnish with a lemon slice and two raspberries.

And that is the way Dick Bradsell showed me how to make them, simple and quick to make. The only complaints were used to get about them were from British customers with a dislike for glasses filled with ice.

The "other" Bramble recipe.

Some fellows choice to use a different recipe than that which is listed above, and that recipe is generally the same as that which follows:

50ml Gin.
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice.
½ shot sugar syrup

Build over crushed ice, in a tall glass. Stir, then pour over 1 shot of cremé de mûre; garnish with a lemon slice and a blackberry.

Some bartenders even shake the gin, lemon and sugar with ice, and then strain it over the crushed ice. And do not even think about pouring frozen gin, as dilution of the crushed ice is a key part of this drink. As the drink melts, the taste changes; It is not meant to be wickedly strong, but should be seen as an amiable tipple, something to ruminate over, rather than just bracing yourself for impact.

The Garnish.

The keen-eyed will notice that the second, "other", recipe for the Bramble couples the blackberry liqueur with a Blackberry as a garnish. However, Dick Bradsell insists that the garnish of choice, his choice as the creator of the drink, is two raspberries and a slice of lemon.

You can do as you wish; And I am sure you will.