Friday Lush: Bramble

There’s a bar on Edinburgh’s Queen Street called Bramble.  It’s underground, below a dress alteration shop and if you didn’t know it was there then it’s unlikely you’d stumble upon it. It’s brilliant.  Tiny; teeny weeny in fact but it’s so worth cramming yourself into.  Watching the bar staff there is nothing short of mesmerizing, so expert are they at cocktail making.  The bar was awarded the title of Best Bar in Britain by the Observer a few years ago but you’d never know.  For months they didn’t make any big deal about it and now I think the award is there in the bar.  That’s what makes it so good I suppose, they just focus on what they’re good at – making amazing drinks and running a great little bar.

I haven’t been for a couple of years but it felt like a secret little bar where you could lead people down the wonky, steep steps to the tiny white washed warren of a cellar.

The first time I went there I tried this drink, being called Bramble I thought they would only take their name from something special; I was right.

This week has been all about the food we’ve gathered or foraged so this drink seemed just right.  My friend and ex-neighbour, the lovely baking Rachel has just moved to a new house in the village that’s rather grandiosely called The Brambles, I made these for her house warming.


(Makes 1)
2 measures of gin – I use Hendrick’s
1 measure of blackberry liqueur – Creme de Mures, I used my mum’s homemade blackberry brandy
Juice of 1 lemon 
1 measure of sugar syrup 
  • Make your sugar syrup first by mixing 1 part of water with 2 parts of sugar in a pan. Bring it to the boil until the sugar dissolves. Don’t boil it for too long or it’ll start thickening.  You need it to be still watery.  Let it cool completely.
  • Add ice to your glass or tea cup, crushed is better but I didn’t have any
  • Pour in your gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice and give it a stir
  • Slowly pour in your blackberry liqueur 
  • Garnish with fresh blackberries
  • For extra bling add some chopped herbs such as rosemary or lemon thyme to your ice trays when you fill them and serve the bramble over herb ice cubes.  Trust me on this one, it really, really works.   



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