A Bramble is my go-to autumn cocktail.

Full of hedgerow flavours, it’s tart without being too sharp, sweet without being sickly and easy to whip up at a moment’s notice.

The ingredients keep forever, so you can always have them in the cupboard just incase. Just imagine sipping on one of these beside a crackling fire, ice tinkling in your glass as you wriggle deeper into the sofa.


Here are the ingredients to make one, multiply as required:

1 shot of gin

1 shot of creme de mure (blackberry liquor)

2 shots of lemon juice

1tsp maple syrup

Crushed ice

Berries to garnish

Shake everything but your berries together with some ice in a cocktail shaker. Taste it. Too sweet? Too sharp? Level it out with more lemon or syrup.

When you’re happy, pour over ice.

Top with berries.

And you’re done!

Sip away to your heart’s content.

If you prefer a long cocktail (who doesn’t like pleasure to last a little longer?!) you can top with lemonade or tonic water.

All the same beautiful autumnal flavours, with a bubbly kick.

Fresh, zingy and decidedly slurpable.

Berry nice indeed.

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