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…Long rambling walks ending with roaring fires and sumptuous blackberries.

blackberry bramble

Autumnal Dreaming

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 foraging 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…hmm.


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
Some for garnish

  • Combine the lemon juice and berries 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? Wrap up warm, find your favourite countryside spot and pack your favourite treats for a deliciously delightful afternoon treat. We recommend some homemade sausage rolls, a fresh baguette and some local delicious cheese as the best additions.  Not to mention a few jam tarts as dessert. Yum…

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