Mango-Basil Bramble Cocktail Recipe

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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 Mango-Basil Bramble is a tropical twist on the classic Bramble cocktail, which was first created in London in the 1980s. This version brings together the sweetness of ripe mangoes, the freshness of basil, and the tang of lemon, making it a perfect cocktail for those who enjoy fruity and herbaceous drinks. It's a great choice for summer parties or any occasion where you want to bring a bit of tropical sunshine to your guests.

How Mango-Basil Bramble Tastes?

The Mango-Basil Bramble is a delightful balance of sweet, sour, and herbal flavors. The ripe mango provides a sweet, tropical base, while the lemon juice adds a tangy kick. The basil leaves lend a refreshing, herbaceous note that complements the fruitiness perfectly.

Interesting facts about Mango-Basil Bramble

  • The Bramble cocktail, on which this drink is based, was created by Dick Bradsell, a famous London bartender.
  • The combination of mango and basil is popular in many cuisines, especially in Southeast Asia.
  • The Bramble is traditionally served in an Old Fashioned glass, but the Mango-Basil Bramble can also be served in a highball glass for a more tropical presentation.


A few good options for Mango-Basil Bramble are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Mango Puree

The sweet and tropical essence of 2oz Mango Puree gives the cocktail a fruity base that's hard to resist. It’s like giving your taste buds a beach vacation. Without it, you'd lose the 'Mango' in your 'Mango-Basil Bramble,' and we can't have that, can we? An alternative could be peach puree, but then you're drifting towards a peach orchard.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

When life gives you lemons, make a Bramble—specifically, with 1oz Fresh Lemon Juice. It adds that zingy freshness and balances the sweetness. Take it out, and the drink goes from 'zing' to 'meh.' Lime juice could work as a sub, but expect a bit more tang.

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Sugar Syrup

0.5oz Sugar Syrup is the sweet middle ground. More sugar? It's a cavity in the making. Less sugar? Pucker up for a sour ride. This syrup keeps things sweet enough without overpowering the drink. If you swing towards honey, prepare for a thicker texture and a deeper sweetness.

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2oz Gin is where the magic happens—herbaceous, clean, and complex. Without gin, it's just juice, and we're in the cocktail business, not a juice cleanse. A switch to vodka would dull the botanical notes and make it a less 'ginteresting' affair.

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Fresh Basil Leaves

4-6 Fresh Basil Leaves muddled into oblivion give the cocktail an aromatic, herbal hug. Without them, the cocktail feels lonely. Mint could jump in instead, but then you're in a different garden.

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Blackberries for garnish

Lastly, 2-3 Blackberries add a dash of sophistication, like a hat on a gentleman. Plus, they offer a juicy burst if munched. Skip them, and the cocktail wears no hat - still good-looking but not fully dressed. Blueberries could be an understudy, albeit with less drama.

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Recipe. How to make Mango-Basil Bramble Drink

  1. Muddle the basil leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add the mango puree, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and gin.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the cocktail into an Old Fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with blackberries and a sprig of basil.

Pro Tips

  • Use ripe mangoes for the best flavor.
  • Don't over-muddle the basil leaves, or they can become bitter.
  • Always shake your cocktail with ice to chill it quickly and dilute it slightly.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus in the cocktail complements the lime and freshness of the dish.
  • Bruschetta: The basil in the drink pairs nicely with the fresh tomatoes and basil on the bruschetta.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Seafood: The light and fruity flavors would pair well with grilled shrimp or scallops.
  • Chicken Satay: The herbal notes of the cocktail can cut through the peanut sauce and enhance the flavors.


  • Lemon Tart: The lemon in both the dessert and cocktail would echo each other.
  • Coconut Pudding: The tropical mango flavors would continue with the dessert, creating a consistent taste experience.

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What you could change in Mango-Basil Bramble

  • If you don't have mango puree, you can use fresh mango and blend it with a little water.
  • If you don't have gin, you can use vodka instead.
  • If you don't have fresh basil, you can use mint leaves for a different, but still refreshing, taste.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Mango-Basil Bramble

  • Ingredients: Use chili-infused mango puree
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but the mango puree now has a kick.
  • Experience: This will add a spicy heat that contrasts the sweet mango, teasing the taste buds into a Tango of flavors.

Mango-Basil Bramble Smash

  • Ingredients: Add more basil and include muddled blackberries in the mix.
  • Recipe: Muddle the extra basil and the blackberries before adding the other ingredients from the original recipe.
  • Experience: The added herbs and berries will intensify the garden-fresh feeling and the blackberries’ tartness will add depth to the flavor profile.

Green Tea Mango-Basil Bramble

  • Ingredients: Brewed and chilled green tea to replace some of the gin.
  • Recipe: Reduce the gin to 1oz and add 1oz of green tea.
  • Experience: The earthy tea notes provide a serene background to the playful mango and crisp basil, creating a sublime sip perfect for unwinding.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mango-Basil 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 Mango-Basil Bramble

Can I personalize this cocktail to my liking?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with the ratios of the ingredients to best suit your taste. You could also try adding garnishes like a slice of mango or a lemon wheel for an extra touch.

What foods pair well with the Mango-Basil Bramble?

This cocktail would pair nicely with seafood dishes or light, fresh salads due to its tropical, fruity flavors and refreshing basil notes.

What type of gin would you suggest for this cocktail?

A dry gin often works well in this cocktail as it complements the sweetness of the mango and the freshness of the basil. However, feel free to use your favorite gin.

Can I make this cocktail in a batch for a party?

Yes, you can easily scale up the ingredients to serve a crowd. Just ensure you retain the same ratios to keep the balance of flavors.

Does the type of ice matter?

Using crushed ice can enhance the drinking experience by chilling the cocktail quickly and evenly, while adding pleasing aesthetics. But if you don't have crushed ice, you can use ice cubes.

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