As inarguably one of the greatest British bartenders of all time, Mr Dick Bradsell is a bit of a hero here at Kocktail HQ. His legacy stretches far and wide but one of our favourite of his creations is at the forefront of our mind, as the summer sun brings the season’s blackberries to their prime.
Here we present one of Bradsell’s classic drinks, the Bramble. An alluring yet simple mix of Hepple Gin, fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of the tart and sweet blackcurrant elixir, Crème De Mure.
Bradsell created the drink during his tenure at Fred’s in Soho. A fashionable private members club for the bright young things of London’s creative art, fashion and music scene. The bar was frequented by the likes of Boy George, Neneh Cherry, Siouxsie Sioux and a young Naomi Campbell but thanks to Bradsell, the cocktails remained the star of the show.
The Bramble’s reputation has only grown throughout the years. Bradsell characteristically once remarked “Hey, I invented a classic! Do I have to retire now?” after seeing the drink listed in the ‘Classics’ section of the cocktail menu at a Raymond Blanc restaurant.
- 50ml Hepple gin
- 20ml fresh lemon juice
- 20ml crème de mure
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into an ice filled rocks glass
Garnish with a wheel of lemon