Celebrate New Year’s Eve with England’s finest cocktail, the Bramble cocktail.
The Bramble is often called England’s Cosmopolitan. It is common on bar menus in England, but is little known outside the country. It was in London I tried it the first time, and it is also in London’s Soho the cocktail was invented in 1984. The Bramble cocktail is easy to make with a perfect balance between sweet and sour. Add to that a delightful colour and charming name.
In England wild blackberries are often called brambles, hence the name. The original Bramble cocktail is made with crème de mûre, a French blackberry flavored liqueur. Here I substitute the liqueur with frozen blackberries and serve it without alcohol. My version is fairly fruity. In all fairness I also enclose the original recipe (source: cocktails.wikia.com). Happy New Year’s Eve!
The Bramble cocktail – my fruity version (makes 2):
100 ml water
50 ml sugar
juice of 1/3 lemon
12 blackberries (frozen will do fine)
Place all ingredients (except the sparkling water and the ice cubes) in a pan and bring to boil. Blend until smooth and allow to cool. Serve with equal amounts of sparkling water and lots of ice cubes.
The Bramble cocktail – the original:
50 ml gin
25 ml lemon juice
15 ml crème de mûre
a couple of blackberries
a slice of lemon (garnish)
Make the sugar syrup by boiling equal amounts of sugar and water until the sugar has dissolved. Shake the gin, syrup and lemon juice in a shaker. Add the crème de mûre and blackberries. Garnish with a slice of lemon.