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Introducing the Blackberry Bramble featuring fresh muddled blackberries, gin, lemon juice and soda – a refreshing summer cocktail! Can be made ahead for gatherings! 

A refreshing summer drink, The Blackberry Bramble, featuring fresh muddled blackberries, gin, lemon juice and soda or ginger beer |

A refreshing summer drink, featuring fresh muddled blackberries, gin, lemon juice  and soda or ginger beer, this is called the Blackberry Bramble Cocktail.

A spin-off the classic drink- the Bramble, first created in London in the 80’s, made with dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and Crème de Mûre, a blackberry liquor – here I’ve added a handful of fresh juicy ripe blackberries, muddled and served over ice, topped with soda or ginger brew for a flavorful twist.

It’s been a blackberry week around here in the Fountaine home. Another catering over-purchase I’m afraid –which in this case turned out OK with me,  because I happen to love blackberries,  but the challenge then becomes loving them enough before the juicy little guys go south.

This could easily be made into a very refreshing “mocktail”, sans alcohol –becoming  Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade, without the gin or liquor, by adding muddled blackberries into lemonade and adding a bit of soda or ginger ale. The color is beautiful.

A refreshing summer drink, The Blackberry Bramble, featuring fresh muddled blackberries, gin, lemon juice and soda or ginger beer |

How to Make a Blackberry Bramble:

For the Blackberry Bramble Cocktail, muddle ripe juicy blackberries with fresh lemon juice, blackberry liquor (optional), gin ( or vodka), honey simple syrup (or agave),  then double strain to remove the seeds.

I actually had to use a fine-mesh strainer, because the built-in strainer in the shaker did not strain the seeds.

Pour over ice and top with fizzy water or ginger brew, with a twist of lemon.

A sprig of Mint would be nice here too.

A refreshing summer drink, The Blackberry Bramble, featuring fresh muddled blackberries, gin, lemon juice and soda or ginger beer |

See the recipe notes if making for a larger gathering- you can make a big batch ahead, and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days. Possibly more, but it never seems to last that long. 😉

More cocktail recipes you may enjoy!

Have a beautiful summer weekend. X


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Blackberry Bramble


A refreshing summer cocktail, the bramble combines fresh blackberries, gin, lemon juice and soda- or for a refreshing twist, try topping with Ginger Brew.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 2ounces Dry Gin (or sub vodka)
  • 1ounce Blackberry Liquor (optional)
  • 1ounce simple syrup, honey simple syrup, maple or agave
  • 1 1/2 ounces of fresh lemon juice
  • Gingerale or Soda water
  • Garnish with fresh blackberries and mint


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries with gin, blackberry liquor (optional) lemon juice, simple syrup or agave, until broken up and they release their juice.
  2. Double strain, using a fine mesh strainer, to remove seeds.
  3. Fill 3-4 rocks glasses with ice. Divide blackberry -gin mix among the glasses, and top with soda or ginger brew.
  4. Garnish with a blackberry and lemon zest.


You could also make a big batch of this multiplying the recipe to your desired amount. Place everything (except the soda) in a large mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, strain, add the soda water to taste,  garnish with a few blackberries and mint.


  • Calories: 195

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  1. I made this with our own blackberries, added a pinch of sugar, mint,fresh lemon and muddled it. Didn’t have gin, subbed vodka and didn’t use a blackberry liquor. Used club soda. Was very refreshing! Would definitely make again!!!

  2. This is my favorite drink- I made my own blackberry liquor and it was just perfection with your recipe. Thank you!

  3. Just wanted to say “thank you “
    Your writing is wonderful to read! I look forward to your recipes , I’ve changed the way I look at food
    Have a wonderful weekend

  4. This sounds delicious! I’m planning on making a batch of this for a small party! How far in advance do you think I could make this cocktail in a large pitcher or drink dispenser? Saving the soda water until time of serving obviously! Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tested this but my guess is it would fine 2-3 days before and probably even tastier! I added some recipe notes.

  5. This is absolutely amazing! Your cocktails are dangerous. They taste so good it’s easy to down them quickly. We used ginger ale, but I could see it being just as tasty with just soda.

      1. They are indeed Finnish glassware! They are part of the Iitala Ultima Thule collection. Definitely do not sell those for 0.25 in a garage sale 😉 We enjoy these as well and they are absolutely perfect for all occasions!! I came across your drink recipe & it looks like I will be making it in these same glasses =)

  6. This is a stunningly beautiful drink and a perfect way to utilize extra blackberries.. or the perfect reason to puchase some blackberries!! I love the touch of lemon zest- a superb cocktail to kick off the weekend right! Thanks for sharing ♡

  7. Wow!! This looks like the perfect summer drink! I’ll have to treat myself to this one evening 🙂


Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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