The Story Behind The Mandarin Bramble
A traditional Bramble cocktail combines gin with fresh citrus, simple syrup, and a drizzle of blackberry liqueur. It was invented by London barman Dick Bradsell in 1984; and, like all good classics, lends itself beautifully to riffs and reinvention.
Since it’s been so hot lately, I decided to make a refreshing spin on a Bramble using fresh mandarins I found at the market. I went with white rum instead of gin and substituted pomegranate syrup (you could also use grenadine) for the berry liqueur.
- 2 ounces white rum
- 2 ounces fresh-squeezed mandarin juice
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce pomegranate syrup, such as Monin
- Combine rum, mandarin juice, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake to chill and combine.
- Strain ingredients into a large cocktail glass over fresh crushed ice.
- Slowly pour pomegranate syrup down the side of the cocktail.