MORWYN BLACKBERRY BRAMBLE
The blackberries are coming into fruit now in early August in West Wales and are going to continue until September so nothing could be more delicious in the next month than foraging for blackberries and then adding them to a gin cocktail. The Bramble is a classic British cocktail of the simplest and most delectable kind.It's one of the most popular drinks to come out of the 1980’s invented by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho.
The Bramble, or Miaren in Welsh,is basically a gin sour with blackberry stuff in it. As Dick Bradsell himself has said: "It conforms to a very common method of blending and balancing flavours that occur very often in the world of cocktails. Take a spirit- gin - sour it with lemon, sweeten it with sugar syrup and flavour it with Creme de Mure.”
Dick Bradsell also points out that it was originally made with crushed ice and it seems that crushed ice is a key component because it gives length to the cocktail and slowly dilutes it.
Fill an Old Fashioned Glass with crushed ice, add gin, lemon juice, and sugar syrup. Stir and top up with more ice. Add the Creme de Mur on top of the crushed ice – this should add a ‘bleeding’ effect in the glass. Garnish with freshly picked blackberries and a slice of lemon. A Bramble should be served immediately with 2 short paper straws
Why not add ½ shot of Lillet Blanc in the initial stage to create an ultimate Bramble- Iechyd Da.