Coconut Bramble Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Coconut Bramble is a tropical twist on the classic Bramble cocktail, which was first created in London in the 1980s. The original Bramble was a gin-based cocktail with blackberry liqueur and lemon juice. The Coconut Bramble, however, swaps the gin for coconut rum, adding a sweet and tropical flavor. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy fruity and refreshing drinks.

How Coconut Bramble Tastes?

The Coconut Bramble is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors. The coconut rum brings a sweet and tropical taste, while the blackberry liqueur adds a fruity and slightly tart flavor. The lemon juice balances out the sweetness with its tangy freshness.

Interesting facts about Coconut Bramble

  • The Coconut Bramble is a variation of the classic Bramble cocktail.
  • It replaces gin with coconut rum for a tropical twist.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it's quite strong due to the alcohol content of the rum and liqueur.


Coconut Rum

The coconut rum provides the tropical backbone of our drink. At 1.5 oz, it's enough to give that warm, island-like feel without overshadowing the other flavors. Too much, and you might as well be sipping on sunscreen; too little, and it's goodbye, vacation vibes.

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Blackberry Liqueur

Our blackberry liqueur is the sidekick, bringing a 0.75 oz hint of sweet and tart to the mix. It complements the rum like a beach sunset complements the sea. Leave it out, and the cocktail loses its fruity complexity. A potential alternative? Raspberry liqueur for a sharper edge.

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Lemon Juice

Fresh is best, and 0.75 oz of lemon juice provides the needed acidity to balance our cocktail's sweet notes. It's like the cool ocean breeze against your skin. Without it, the drink would be overly sweet, leaning towards a liquid dessert.

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Sugar Syrup

Sweetness personified at a modest 0.5 oz, sugar syrup rounds out our cocktail, softening potential tartness and binding the flavors. It's the peacemaker of the party. Skip it, and you might find the drink too sharp. Honey syrup could be a trendy alternative, adding a richer sweetness.

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Fresh Blackberries

Three's the magic number. These berries are muddled to release their essence, bringing a fresh and slightly earthy dimension. They're like the colorful beach towels on the sand—irreplaceable. Without them, you'd miss a depth of flavor, akin to a beach without waves.

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Garnish: Lemon Wheel and Blackberry

Not just for looks—aromatic garnishes like a lemon wheel and blackberry invite your senses to the party before you even take a sip. The nose knows; it prepares your palate for the taste adventure to come!

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Recipe. How to make Coconut Bramble Drink

  1. Muddle the blackberries in a shaker.
  2. Add the coconut rum, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar syrup.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a blackberry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the blackberries gently to release their juice without crushing the seeds.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food pairings for Coconut Bramble Cocktail

  • Cheese Platters: The fat content in cheese helps balance the acidity of the lemon juice and the sweetness from the blackberry liqueur.
  • Grilled Seafood: The tropical notes of coconut rum complement seafood perfectly, especially when grilled with a bit of lemon.
  • Dark Chocolate Desserts: The rich, bitter notes of dark chocolate pair beautifully with the sweet and sour components of the cocktail.
  • Spicy Appetizers: The sweetness of the cocktail can help cool down your palate after a spicy bite.

Drinks pairings for Coconut Bramble Cocktail

  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic option, sparkling water can cleanse the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Champagne: If you feel fancy, serve it with a side of champagne to elevate the dining experience.

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What you could change in Coconut Bramble

  • You can substitute the coconut rum with regular rum and a splash of coconut milk for a less sweet version.
  • If you don't have blackberry liqueur, you can use crème de cassis or any other berry liqueur.

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Coconut Bramble with a Minty Twist

  • Ingredients: Add a few mint leaves to the shaker before muddling.
  • Recipe: The mint should be gently muddled with the blackberries to release its flavor. Follow the original recipe afterward.
  • Taste Change: The mint adds a refreshing zing, perfect for hot summer days, and turns the tropical vibe up a notch.

Spicy Coconut Bramble

  • Ingredients: Include a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of cayenne pepper.
  • Recipe: Muddle the spicy element with the blackberries, then proceed as normal.
  • Taste Change: This version heats things up, giving a warm contrast to the cool blackberry and coconut flavors. Ideal for those who like a bit of spice in their life!

Coconut Bramble Mocktail

  • Ingredients: Substitute coconut rum with coconut water and blackberry liqueur with blackberry juice.
  • Recipe: Shake all the ingredients and strain over crushed ice.
  • Taste Change: A non-alcoholic version that still celebrates the flavors of the original—perfect for when you're the designated driver but still want to join the party.

In case you forgot basics how to make Coconut Bramble

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Coconut Bramble

What's the alcohol content in Coconut Bramble?

The alcohol content can vary depending on the brands of coconut rum and blackberry liqueur used. However, the drink typically has a medium-high alcohol content due to the coconut rum and blackberry liqueur making up a good portion of the drink.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Coconut Bramble?

Yes, you can. Substitute the coconut rum with coconut water and the blackberry liqueur with blackberry juice or syrup.

In which occasions or seasons may the Coconut Bramble be served?

The Coconut Bramble, with its tropical and refreshing flavor, is perfect for summer or warm weather. However, it can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

What kind of glassware is typically used to serve a Coconut Bramble?

The Coconut Bramble is typically served in a rocks glass. But it can also be served in other types of short tumbler glassware.

Is this cocktail very popular?

While the classic Bramble is well-known, the Coconut Bramble, as a variant, is also gaining popularity especially among those who enjoy coconut and fruit flavors in their cocktails.

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