Bloody Blackberry Bramble

A Blackberry Bramble is a classic cocktail containing lemon juice, gin and blackberry liqueur- most often Crème de Mûre. My version of this cocktail contains all the same ingredients, but is prepared differently to give the drink a bloody look that is perfect for Halloween. This drink tastes sinfully delicious.

Servings: 2

Difficulty: Easy 

Prep Time:  10 minutes   |   Cook Time: 15 minutes   |   Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 oz. lemon juice (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 oz. gin
  • Ice- 2 cups crushed and 1 cup in ice cubes
  • Whole blackberries, for garnish


Begin by making the blackberry syrup. Add the blackberries, lemon zest, sugar and water to a pot and mix to combine. Bring the contents of the pot to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling,reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the mixture becomes concentrated and it looks glossy. Stir the berries every few minutes or so so that they don’t burn. Once cooked, remove from the heat and cool completely.

Once cooled, strain the blackberry syrup through a strainer to remove all the seeds. I recommend placing this strained blackberry syrup in a vessel that has a spout or that pours well so that it’s easy to drizzle over the tops of the cocktails before serving.

To assemble the drinks, add 4-5 ice cubes to a glass, followed by 1 oz. of lemon juice and 1 oz. of gin and use a stirring spoon to mix everything together. You can add more lemon juice or gin, depending on your taste. Spoon about 1/4-to 1/2 a cup of the crushed ice over the top of each drink, creating a dome on top– kind of like a snow cone.

Carefully pour the cooled blackberry syrup over the ice until you see it trickle down through the ice and into the lemon and gin mixture in the bottom of the glass. A few tablespoons does the trick. Garnish with some extra fresh blackberries and serve immediately.