Bourbon Bramble Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Bramble

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you craving a delightful cocktail? You need this Bourbon Bramble recipe! It’s a drink full of vibrant flavors and super easy to make.

Bourbon Bramble Recipe

Fall calls for this uncomplicated Bourbon Bramble recipe! The bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and blackberry liqueur blend make it a delightful cocktail.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

229 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ¾ oz blackberry Liqueur
  • Ice cubes, for shaking
  • Crushed ice, for serving
  • Fresh blackberries and lemon wheel, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Rocks Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Add 1 oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add Bourbon: Finally, add 2 oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Old Fashioned glass and discard the ice. Then, using the cocktail strainer, strain the shaken drink into the chilled glass.
  • Add Ice and Blackberry Liqueur: Fill the glass with crushed ice and add a straw. Once you’re done, measure ¾ oz blackberry Liqueur and pour it gently on top of the drink.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or fresh blackberries and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey y can be used as a substitute. It will give a different flavor profile but still work well in this cocktail. You can also use gin to make a classic Bramble! 
  • Blackberry Liqueur: If you can't find blackberry liqueur, you can use blackberry syrup as a substitute (just make sure to adjust the quantity as the syrup will likely be sweeter than the liqueur). For another fruity twist, you can also use raspberry liqueur or even Crème de Cassis to make this drink.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have any simple syrup, you can easily make some at home by mixing together equal parts of sugar (any kind you like) and hot water. Stir well to dissolve and let it cool down before using it. In the refrigerator, this homemade simple syrup will last for about a month. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used as natural sweeteners if you prefer not to use simple syrup.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: You can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch, but the flavor will be less bright and fresh. Another option is to use fresh lime juice for a slightly different citrus kick.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Bramble:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 6 oz of blackberry liqueur.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Divide the mixture equally into 8 rocks glasses. Fill them with a generous amount of crushed ice, add a straw, and drizzle with blackberry liqueur (approx. ¾ oz per drink, adjust to taste). Garnish with fresh blackberries and a lemon wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover, and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary, and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Blackberry Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic blackberry syrup, either store-bought or homemade.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Bourbon Bramble cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved (some liqueur producers also use carmine, a dye derived from insects, for color). Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
229
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
9
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Potassium
 
45
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.02
g
Vitamin A
 
8
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Bourbon Bramble Cocktail Drink

Bourbon Bramble Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Fall calls for this uncomplicated Bourbon Bramble recipe! The bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and blackberry liqueur blend make it a delightful cocktail.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 229

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ¾ oz blackberry Liqueur
  • Ice cubes - for shaking
  • Crushed ice - for serving
  • Fresh blackberries and lemon wheel - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Rocks Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Straw

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Simple Syrup: Pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Add 1 oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add Bourbon: Finally, add 2 oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Old Fashioned glass and discard the ice. Then, using the cocktail strainer, strain the shaken drink into the chilled glass.
  • Add Ice and Blackberry Liqueur: Fill the glass with crushed ice and add a straw. Once you’re done, measure ¾ oz blackberry Liqueur and pour it gently on top of the drink.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or fresh blackberries and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey y can be used as a substitute. It will give a different flavor profile but still work well in this cocktail. You can also use gin to make a classic Bramble! 
  • Blackberry Liqueur: If you can't find blackberry liqueur, you can use blackberry syrup as a substitute (just make sure to adjust the quantity as the syrup will likely be sweeter than the liqueur). For another fruity twist, you can also use raspberry liqueur or even Crème de Cassis to make this drink.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have any simple syrup, you can easily make some at home by mixing together equal parts of sugar (any kind you like) and hot water. Stir well to dissolve and let it cool down before using it. In the refrigerator, this homemade simple syrup will last for about a month. Alternatively, honey or agave nectar can be used as natural sweeteners if you prefer not to use simple syrup.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: You can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch, but the flavor will be less bright and fresh. Another option is to use fresh lime juice for a slightly different citrus kick.

Making a Pitcher of Bourbon Bramble:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 6 oz of blackberry liqueur.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Divide the mixture equally into 8 rocks glasses. Fill them with a generous amount of crushed ice, add a straw, and drizzle with blackberry liqueur (approx. ¾ oz per drink, adjust to taste). Garnish with fresh blackberries and a lemon wheel, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute. Several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make your own bourbon substitute by infusing together rooibos tea and a bunch of spices of your liking (vanilla and cinnamon are always a good way to start). Mix all the ingredients together, add hot water, cover, and let it infuse for at least 3h (the stronger the better, so if you have time let it infuse overnight. In that case, you can either let it rest in the fridge once the liquid has cooled down). Give it a taste, adjust the spice level if necessary, and strain it once you’re happy with the result. Stored properly (in an airtight container in the fridge), this “tea-whiskey” can be kept for up to a week.
  • Blackberry Liqueur Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic blackberry syrup, either store-bought or homemade.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Bourbon Bramble cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Bourbon, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved (some liqueur producers also use carmine, a dye derived from insects, for color). Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Bourbon Bramble?

A Bourbon Bramble is a whiskey-based cocktail made of bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and blackberry liqueur. It’s easy to make as it only requires measuring ingredients accurately and mixing them effectively. The Bourbon Bramble is an exciting twist on the classic Bramble cocktail, which traditionally uses gin instead of bourbon.

A side shot of a Bourbon Bramble cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a multicolor tray placed on a green table with a bowl with lemon wedges, in front of a yellow background

What is a Bourbon Bramble made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you need to create a Bourbon Bramble:

  • Bourbon: This is the cocktail’s base spirit, providing a rich, full-bodied flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy freshness that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: This sweetener helps to mellow out the tartness of the lemon juice and enhances the bourbon’s flavors.
  • Blackberry Liqueur: Gives the cocktail its signature fruity flavor and deep red color. It also adds an extra layer of sweetness.
  • Lemon & Fresh Blackberries: Used as a garnish, these add a touch of elegance to the drink and hint at the blackberry flavors within.

Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, blackberry liqueur, sugar cubes, and orange laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bourbon Bramble?

Craft your own Bourbon Bramble using our detailed steps:

1
<p>Start by filling an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Give it a quick stir and set it aside: this will allow your glass to cool down while you’re preparing the drink and ensure that your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature.</p>

Start by filling an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Give it a quick stir and set it aside: this will allow your glass to cool down while you’re preparing the drink and ensure that your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature.

2
<p>Pour 1/2 ounce of simple syrup into the shaker. This will add a touch of sweetness to your drink and help mellow out the lemon juice's tartness.</p>

Pour 1/2 ounce of simple syrup into the shaker. This will add a touch of sweetness to your drink and help mellow out the lemon juice's tartness.

3
<p>Add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice. The tartness of the lemon juice will balance out the sweetness of the bourbon.</p>

Add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice. The tartness of the lemon juice will balance out the sweetness of the bourbon.

4
<p>Now, pour 2 ounces of bourbon into the shaker. The bourbon is the star of this drink, so choose a quality brand you enjoy.</p>

Now, pour 2 ounces of bourbon into the shaker. The bourbon is the star of this drink, so choose a quality brand you enjoy.

5
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Secure the lid of the shaker and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).</p>

Secure the lid of the shaker and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).

7
<p>Discard the ice into the Old Fashioned glass and strain the shaken drink into the chilled glass.</p>

Discard the ice into the Old Fashioned glass and strain the shaken drink into the chilled glass.

8
<p>Fill up the glass to the top with crushed ice. When it comes to crushed ice, remember this one rule: the more, the better! A larger amount of ice will melt slower, keeping your drink at the perfect temperature and dilution level for a longer time.</p>

Fill up the glass to the top with crushed ice. When it comes to crushed ice, remember this one rule: the more, the better! A larger amount of ice will melt slower, keeping your drink at the perfect temperature and dilution level for a longer time.

9
<p>You can now add a straw.</p>

You can now add a straw.

10
<p>Drizzle ½ ounce of blackberry liqueur over the top of the drink. The blackberry liqueur will add a fruity note to the cocktail, giving it a beautiful color.</p>

Drizzle ½ ounce of blackberry liqueur over the top of the drink. The blackberry liqueur will add a fruity note to the cocktail, giving it a beautiful color.

11
<p>Finally, garnish the glass with fresh blackberries (you can put them on a nice cocktail skewer for example) and a lemon wheel. This will make your drink look more appealing, and the added blackberries will give an extra fruity kick to your drink.</p>

Finally, garnish the glass with fresh blackberries (you can put them on a nice cocktail skewer for example) and a lemon wheel. This will make your drink look more appealing, and the added blackberries will give an extra fruity kick to your drink.

History and Origin of the Bourbon Bramble

It all started with the original Bramble cocktail in Soho, London in the mid-1980s. A bartender named Dick Bradsell came up with it. He remembered picking blackberries on the Isle of Wight as a kid and wanted to capture that in a drink. The classic Bramble uses gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and “crème de mûre”, which is nothing but the French word for Blackberry liqueur.

The Bourbon Bramble we love today showed up later: it’s just like the original Bramble but with bourbon instead of gin. This switch gives the drink a richer taste that many people like.

A Bourbon Bramble cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, blackberry liqueur, simple syrup, lemon juice, two sugar cubes and half orange

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FAQ

How many calories does a Bourbon Bramble contain?
A standard serving of a Bourbon Bramble contains approximately 200-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How potent is a Bourbon Bramble cocktail?
The strength of a Bourbon Bramble cocktail depends on the bourbon used and on the quantity of blackberry liqueur drizzled on top. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 15-18%, translating to 30-36 proof. This makes it a moderately potent cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bourbon Bramble?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol in a Bourbon Bramble is bourbon. This American whiskey lends its unique flavor profile to the cocktail. After being strained from the shaker into the glass, the cocktail is then drizzled with blackberry liqueur.
In what kind of glass should I serve a Bourbon Bramble?
Traditionally, you serve a Bourbon Bramble in an old-fashioned or rocks glass. These glasses are perfect for showcasing the rich color and allowing room for a lot of crushed ice.
What does a Bourbon Bramble taste like?
A Bourbon Bramble offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors. The bourbon provides warmth and depth, while the lemon juice adds freshness and acidity. The blackberry liqueur imparts sweetness and fruitiness, making it a well-rounded drink.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bourbon Bramble?
The typical ratio for a Bourbon Bramble is two parts bourbon to one part each of lemon juice and half a part of simple syrup. In this recipe, we use ¾ part of blackberry liqueur, but you can adjust that to taste depending on the level of sweetness and fruitiness you’d like for your drink.
How is a Bourbon Bramble served with ice?
A Bourbon Bramble is usually served over crushed ice. This helps to chill the drink and slightly dilute the intense flavors over time, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
Can I substitute the bourbon in a Bourbon Bramble?
While bourbon is the traditional choice for this cocktail, you could substitute it with another type of whiskey if desired, such as rye whiskey for example. However, remember that this will alter the drink's taste.

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