Friday drinks: gin bramble

Happy Friday! Like citrus? Like blackberry? If so, you’re gonna love this week’s cocktail – the phenomenal gin bramble.

The gin bramble mixed by director Jeff Stewart. Photo by Jeff Stewart.

When music video and commercial director and our resident mixologist Jeff Stewart served up the gin bramble at his last sampling, this smooth, kicky cocktail was the hands down winner. Jeff drew new converts when he hosted a lovely wrap party for director Joanna Syiek, who had just mounted a successful production of the play “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” with Los Angeles-based Color and Light Ensemble. Wrap party guests’ eyes lit up with their first sip of the gin bramble. People loved this drink!

Made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, the gin bramble is a bit like a tart, refreshing lemonade. The brilliant part is the bramble, as in blackberry bramble. A touch of crème de mûre gives the cocktail a unique smooth finish.

The gin bramble is a relatively new cocktail. It was first concocted in the mid-80s by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho, London. Matthew Kayahara has a lovely post about this gin drink on his site – – if you’d like to know more about the drink’s origins.

The newness of the drink makes it a bit difficult to order at your local bar, so you might need to mix this one up at home or get chummy with Jeff Stewart because, boy, does he do the gin bramble right.

Wanna try Jeff’s recipe? Here it is.

2 oz. gin
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 ounce crème de mûre

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the first three ingredients together. Strain into a lowball glass over crushed ice. Drizzle crème de mûre over the top.

The crushed ice makes this drink. It is important for the drink’s dilution as well as its look.

Jeff’s quick simple syrup recipe
To make simple syrup, stir together equal measures of very hot water and sugar. Cool to room temperature. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Keep your glass half-full. Drink responsibly.


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Next week we start the article series “Filmmakers: how I got the money.” The series will explore the question on every filmmaker’s mind: “How do I get the money to make my film?” Be sure to check back with “Glass half-full in Hollywood” next week!