How to make the perfect cocktail: #2 Raspberry Bramble

In the summer, there is nothing I love more than a classic G&T with lots of ice and a slice of lime. However, it definitely doesn’t count as a cocktail, and I may have found a rival Friday night favourite! A twist on the classic Bramble (which is blackberry based using creme de mure), the original drink was created in Soho and actually garnished with raspberries, before later being made famous as a blackberry based drink.

Part of the reason I swapped the blackberry for raspberry is my love of Chambord which gives it a sweet and tangy addition. Best served in a tumbler, although can also look swish in a cocktail glass.



  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 part Chambord Black Raspberry Liquor
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge and/or raspberries and blackberries to garnish


  1. Put some cubed ice and all ingredients other than the Chambord into a cocktail shaker
  2. Shake hard for about 20 seconds so all the liquid is really chilled
  3. Fill a pretty tumbler with crushed ice (I make my crushed ice in my nutribullet blender)
  4. Strain the shaken mix over the ice
  5. Drizzle the Chambord over the top so that it marbles the ice (ahh pretty!)
  6. Garnish with a lemon slice or twist (if you’re feeling fancy) and some raspberries/blackberries
  7. Finito! Sip and Enjoy!

My favourite gin is usually Hendricks, but I have actually found that a spicier and zesty gin such as Plymouth Gin or Bombay Sapphire work really well with this particular cocktail. (If I’m quite honest, I’m sure with the addition of all other ingredients, even your most boring or cheap gin would still taste pretty good!) Now I just need to find myself some teeny straws!