The Bombay Bramble is a modern classic cocktail, created in the 1980s by Dick Bradsell at Fred's Club in London. It's a twist on the classic gin sour, the Bramble, using Bombay Sapphire gin as the base spirit. The cocktail is named after the blackberry (bramble) liqueur that gives it its distinctive color and flavor. It's a favorite among gin lovers and those who enjoy fruity, refreshing cocktails.
The Bombay Bramble is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. The gin provides a smooth, botanical base, while the blackberry liqueur adds a fruity sweetness. The lemon juice cuts through the sweetness, adding a refreshing sourness, while the simple syrup balances everything out.
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Add 1 oz of prosecco to the cocktail after you pour it into the glass. It gives your Bombay Bramble a bubbly lift, making it perfect for celebrations. The prosecco's dryness also cuts the sweetness, adding a luxurious sparkle to your sip.
Berry Mint Bramble
Muddle a few fresh mint leaves before adding the other ingredients into the shaker. The mint will introduce a refreshing green note that makes the drink even more invigorating. It's like a botanical garden in a glass!
Include a slice of jalapeño or add a few drops of hot sauce to the cocktail before shaking. The subtle heat will add an unexpected twist that plays well against the sweet and sour components of the original recipe. This one's for those who like a walk on the wild side – with a berry-infused fire extinguisher on stand-by.
What's the significance of the cocktail's name 'Bombay Bramble'?
The name consists of its main ingredient, 'Bombay Sapphire Gin', and 'bramble' refers to blackberry liqueur used in the cocktail. Bramble is a name often used to describe blackberry bushes or shrubs in the genera Rubus. Basically, it's a gin-based cocktail with a blackberry twist.
How can I make this cocktail less strong?
You could tune down the quantity of gin and increase the amount of non-alcoholic ingredients such as blackberry liqueur and lemon juice. Remember to adjust the simple syrup accordingly to maintain the sweetness.
Can I use other types of berries instead of blackberry for garnishing?
Yes, you can use any other berries of your choice as garnish. It may slightly alter the look, but should not drastically change the flavor of the cocktail.
What can I serve with the Bombay Bramble cocktail?
The Bombay Bramble's fruity and refreshing taste pairs well with light appetisers and snacks like cheese and crackers, fruit skewers, or smoked salmon blinis.
Can I prepare a batch of Bombay Bramble cocktail in advance for a party?
Absolutely. You can batch all ingredients except ice and store it in the refrigerator ahead of time. When ready to serve, pour over ice, and garnish.