The Story Behind The Bolder Bramble

I love the look of a Bramble cocktail, and often take liberties with the name, riffing on its base of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and blackberry liqueur. For this variation I kept it quite close to the original, but instead of a sweet float I used some aromatic bitters. They sit nicely on top and give the drink a pleasant, slightly bitter first sip.

I opted for navy-strength gin, too, to make sure the spirit’s botanicals don’t get lost in the mix. This bold Bramble is full of flavor, which is not traditional but very tasty.


  • 1½ ounces navy-strength gin
  • ½ ounce Suze
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 4 to 5 dashes aromatic bitters


  1. Combine all ingredients except bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to chill and combine ingredients.
  3. Strain into a glass over crushed ice.
  4. Dash aromatic bitters on the top.

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Updated: 2019-05-20

The Bolder Bramble Recipe