Bramble is the perfect place to be for cocktail hour

It is a divine drink that elevates blackberry to its bristly peak.

ICE Crumbed

GARNISHA blackberry and lemon slice

EQUIPMENTBar spoon with long handle

45ml Gin

Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice 30 ml

15ml Simple Syrup (see tip)

15ml crème de mûre

  • Two-thirds of a glass should be filled with crushed ice. Add all the ingredients except the crème de mûre.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Stir well. Cap with more crushed ice and gently drizzle over the crème de mûre so it seeps down through the ice.
  • Add a few blackberries to the bowl and garnish with a lemon slice.

TIP You can buy simple syrup, but it’s also very easy to make at home. Simple syrup is made with a simple 1:1 sugar-water ratio. Stir 150g of caster sugar into a saucepan. Add 150ml water. Stir until sugar dissolves completely. Heat slowly to simmer. Take off heat. Let cool. Use a funnel or spoon to transfer the mixture to a glass container. For up to a month, you can keep the syrup in the fridge.