Strawberry-Thyme Bramble Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:25

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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 Strawberry-Thyme Bramble is a delightful twist on the classic Bramble cocktail, which originated in the UK in the 1980s. The original Bramble was a gin-based cocktail with a hint of blackberry and lemon. The Strawberry-Thyme Bramble, however, brings a new depth of flavor with the addition of fresh strawberries and thyme. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a balance of sweet and sour flavors, with a hint of earthiness from the thyme.

How Strawberry-Thyme Bramble Tastes?

The Strawberry-Thyme Bramble is a beautifully balanced cocktail. The sweetness of the strawberries pairs perfectly with the tartness of the lemon, while the thyme adds a subtle earthy note. The gin provides a strong, crisp base, making this cocktail a refreshing, yet complex drink.

Interesting facts about Strawberry-Thyme Bramble

  • The Strawberry-Thyme Bramble is a modern twist on the classic Bramble, which was created by Dick Bradsell in 1980s London.
  • The bramble is a type of bush that blackberries grow on, hence the name of the original cocktail.
  • The addition of thyme to this cocktail gives it a unique, earthy flavor that sets it apart from other fruity cocktails.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Fresh lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Fresh strawberries: 3
  • Thyme sprigs: 2
  • Crushed ice: 1 cup

A few good options for Strawberry-Thyme Bramble are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin: 2 oz

The juniper-forward spirit, gin, acts as the backbone of our cocktail, lending it a complex botanical profile. If you're heavy-handed, you could overshadow the delicate flavors of thyme and strawberry. On the contrary, skimp on gin, and you'll find yourself sipping a rather juvenile fruit punch.

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Fresh Lemon Juice: 1 oz

Lemon juice is our bright and sassy friend that brings zing and balances the sweetness of the syrup and strawberries. Too much pucker, and you're in sour city. Not enough? The cocktail becomes cloyingly sweet.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup: 1 oz

Sweetness acts as a peacemaker between the strong-willed gin and tangy lemon. Get liberal with it, and you're bracing for a saccharine onslaught. A miserly pour could turn your concoction into a lip-puckering ordeal.

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Fresh Strawberries: 3

Strawberries are the life of our cocktail party, providing juicy sweetness and a rosy hue. Forget to invite these red darlings, and you'll miss out on the fruity charisma they bring.

Mary Mitkina

Thyme Sprigs: 2

Thyme is akin to that unexpected twist in a good plot, giving our cocktail an aromatic herbal twist. Leaf out thyme and you'll lack depth in the narrative of flavors.

Alex Green

Crushed Ice: 1 cup

Crushed ice chills and dilutes the cocktail, ensuring it's refreshing sip after sip. Too much, and you might as well call it a slushie; too little and the drink might feel like it has a fever.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Strawberry-Thyme Bramble Drink

  1. Muddle the strawberries and thyme in a shaker.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with a strawberry and a sprig of thyme.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh, ripe strawberries for the best flavor.
  • When muddling the strawberries and thyme, be sure not to over-muddle as this can make the cocktail bitter.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a super refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

Cheese Boards: The herbal notes in the cocktail match well with creamy cheeses like brie or goat cheese.

Grilled Chicken: The citrus elements in the drink provide a bright contrast to the savory flavors of the meat.

Seafood: Especially good with shellfish, as the acidity of the lemon and the sweetness from the strawberries complement the natural sweetness of the seafood.

Drink Pairings

Sauvignon Blanc: This wine could parallel the herbaceous and fruity notes of the cocktail.

Chilled Green Tea: Would make for a refreshing non-alcoholic pairing due to its earthy flavors.

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What you could change in Strawberry-Thyme Bramble

  • Gin: You can substitute the gin with vodka if you prefer a milder flavor.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: If you don't have fresh lemons, you can use bottled lemon juice. However, fresh is always best.
  • Simple Syrup: You can use honey or agave nectar as a natural alternative to simple syrup.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber-Basil Bramble

Ingredients: Replace strawberries with cucumber slices and basil instead of thyme.

Recipe: Muddle cucumber and basil, add the rest of the liquors, shake and strain.

Taste: This twist adds a refreshing vegetal kick with an Italian herb twist - think of it like a garden party in a glass.

Spicy Raspberry Bramble

Ingredients: Use raspberries instead of strawberries, add a small slice of jalapeño.

Recipe: Muddle raspberries and jalapeño with thyme, then proceed as original.

Taste: This version heats things up a notch with the tangy raspberries and a spicy kick, making it a vibrant dance of flavors.

Blueberry-Lavender Bramble

Ingredients: Swap strawberries for blueberries and thyme for lavender.

Recipe: Muddle blueberries and lavender, add gin, lemon, and syrup, and shake and strain.

Taste: Expect a floral and slightly sweet twist on the classic, like sipping on a fragrant summer breeze.

In case you forgot basics how to make Strawberry-Thyme Bramble

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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 Strawberry-Thyme Bramble

What is the best type of gin to use in this cocktail?

A dry gin is recommended for this cocktail as it complements the sweet and sour notes of the strawberries and lemon.

Could I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones?

Fresh strawberries are advised to maintain the freshness and authenticity of the cocktail. However, if unavailable, frozen strawberries, which have been thoroughly defrosted, can be used as a last resort.

What other herbs can be used in place of thyme?

Rosemary is a good alternative to thyme due to its pungent, woodsy flavor. Basil could also offer a unique twist to the cocktail.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can make a mocktail version by simply skipping the gin. The refreshing flavor of strawberries, lemon, and thyme make this a delicious non-alcoholic beverage.

Why is it important to muddle the strawberries and thyme?

Muddling releases the flavors and juices from the strawberries and thyme sprigs. This greatly enhances the taste of the cocktail.

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