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A Bramble cocktail made with Limoncello? Why not!

The Bramble is a beloved modern classic, created by Dick Bradsell in the 80's. You know Dick Bradsell, he also came up with the Espresso Martini, so he's a bit of a cocktail genius.

Traditionally calling for gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and crème de mûre, this version involves a few delicious substitutions. Limoncello replaces lemon juice perfectly and gives a little extra booze, and crème de cassis is usually easier to come by, plus goes great with the lemon flavouring. If you can't find any then Chambord is a delicious alternative.

The tonic syrup is perfect for adding extra zing and the recipe is included below.



  • 40 ml gin

  • 25 ml limoncello

  • 20 ml crème de cassis

  • Teaspoon tonic syrup (see below)

  • Ice cubes

  • Crushed ice

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Rocks glass


  • Add the gin, limoncello, tonic syrup, and ice cubes to a cocktail tin, and give it all a good hard shake.

  • Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.

  • Slowly pour crème de cassis over the mixture. It will sink to the bottom.

  • Garnish with edible flowers and enjoy!

Tonic Syrup

This is a great way to use up flat tonic. Simply simmer 1/3 cup white sugar with 2/3 cup tonic water for about ten minutes. Can be stored in the fridge or will last ages in the freezer.


Gin: Langley's London dry

Limoncello: Limoncé



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