Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble Cocktail Recipe

This Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble Cocktail Recipe is a simple and delicious fruity cocktail made with gin, lemon, and berries.

Two red Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble Cocktails with fruit garnishes on a counter.

Why You Will Love This Cocktail

The Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble is a delicious and beautiful cocktail that combines the tartness of fresh blackberries with the herbal notes of gin and the sweetness of simple syrup.

The Blackberry Bramble is a classic cocktail that originated in the UK in the 1980s. A modern classic and twist off of a gin sour, this cocktail was invented by London bartender Dick Bradsell in 1984 while working at Fred’s Club.

In this recipe, we are substituting black raspberry liqueurs with fresh fruit for a simple and bright alcoholic beverage.

Using just a few simple ingredients, this blackberry cocktail is perfect for entertaining, dinner parties, and any occasion all year long. Especially as a spring cocktail and for blackberry season.

A ver close view of a garnished cocktail.


Full quantities and recipe details can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Let’s talk about what we are using! for this simple gin cocktail!

Fresh Blackberries – frozen blackberries will also work great

Dry Gin

Rosemary Simple Syrup – I love using a rosemary syrup because it highlights the earthy gin flavors. You could also use a honey simple syrup or even plain simple syrup. We are also using more syrup than normal to balance the tartness of the berries.

Lemon Juice – fresh lemon juice is best

Garnishes as Desired – a lemon twist or lemon slice, fresh blackberries, and/or herbs such as rosemary or mint.

Homemade simple syrup is very easy to make! Just heat a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar until dissolved and then let it cool.

How Does This Differ from a Classic Bramble Cocktail?

A classic bramble cocktail uses a French blackberry liqueur instead of fresh berries and a little less simple syrup since the liqueur is sweeter than fresh berries.

Traditionally, a drizzle of crème de mûre liqueur is added on top of the other ingredients that have been added to the bottom of the glass with ice cubes.

A shaker pouring the Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble Cocktail into a glass on a counter.

Making the Cocktail

In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass, add the gin, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup with the blackberries.

Muddle the blackberries to release their juices and flavor. You can use a muddler or the back of a spoon for this.

Add a scoop of ice and shake until very cold, approximately 30 seconds.

Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. (Traditionally crushed ice is used).

Garnish as desired with fresh blackberries, slice of lemon, and/or a rosemary sprig.


What are the ingredients in a Bramble?

A bramble cocktail is made with gin, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Why is it called a Bramble cocktail?

The name comes from the blackberry bush, which is called a bramble.

What’s the difference between a Bramble and a blackberry?

A bramble is a blackberry bush, and blackberry is the fruit that grows on the bush.

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Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble Cocktail Recipe

Easy Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble Cocktail Recipe is a simple red alcoholic drink with berries. Great for any time of year whether a cocktail party, holiday, or gathering.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine American, International
Servings 1 drink


  • Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Muddler or end of a spoon
  • Ice


  • ¼ cup blackberries (about 6 berries)
  • 1 ½ ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup


  • Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • Mash the berries with a muddler or end of a spoon.
  • Add a scoop of ice and shake until very cold, approximately 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish as desired with berries, lemon, and/or herbs like rosemary.


A traditional bramble cocktail uses less simple syrup, but we are adding more here to balance out the tartness of the fresh fruit.
I like to use Rosemary Simple Syrup to enhance the gin flavor.
Keyword Fruit, Gin

3 thoughts on “Fresh Blackberry Gin Bramble Cocktail Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    It looks awesome! Its vibrant color and elegant presentation is what makes it great. This drink is awesome for the gatherings and of course for some alone time for yourself.

  2. As a gin lover, I couldn’t resist trying this Cocktail, and I’m so glad I did! The blackberries added a natural sweetness that balanced perfectly with the gin and tartness of the lemon juice.


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