Cocktail of the month: The Blackberry Bramble

Natasha Whiting,

Autumn is upon us

We love a good change of season here at Festival in a Box – and summer to autumn is no exception.  Fireworks, bonfires, soft blanket-like scarves and long rambling walks ending with roaring fires and sumptuous blackberries.


These tangy sweet jewels instantly take me back to the perfect autumnal days of my youth; pulling on our wellies and coats, running to the countryside lanes and forraging through the brambles for the amethyst treasure.

The Blackberry Bramble was originally created in the 1980’s as a variation on the Singapore Sling by Dick Bradsell in Fred’s Club, Soho, London. A delicious cocktail that’s not too sweet and goes down very nicely. If only it came in popsicle form for the warmer months…hmmmm.


¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 large blackberries
½ ounce crème de cassis
½ ounce simple syrup (heat equal amounts sugar and water until sugar is melted; cool before using)
1½ ounces Gin
Blackberries for garnish

  • Combine the lemon juice and blackberries in a rocks glass and muddle until the berries are broken up
  • Fill the glass with ice
  • Combine Crème de Cassis, simple syrup and gin in a cocktail shaker and stir to combine
  • Add to the berry/lemon mixture, stir and garnish with additional blackberries

The perfect accompaniment for an autumnal picnic in the woods?