Cocktail of the month: The Quantock Bramble
Aren’t I good to you? Muddy’s only gone and teamed up with mixologist Jake Merrick-Wren from bespoke bartending service The Wren’s Nest to bring you the recipe for a new cocktail or deliciously boozy drink every month. And with the hedgerows popping with juicy blackberries at this time of year, what better concoction to kick off with than The Quantock Bramble?
This is a Somerset-inspired tribute to legendary Soho bartender Dick Bradsell’s classic cocktail, The Bramble, which he created at Fred’s Club back in the 1980s. Here, Jake uses local Somerset apple juice and freshly picked blackberries from the Quantock Hills (though you can pick yours from the hedge over the road if you like).
Get your hands on
- 50ml dry gin (Jake recommends Plymouth Gin)
- 25ml fresh lemon juice
- 50 ml pressed apple juice (he uses pressed organic apple juice from Stream Farm in the Quantocks)
- 15 ml sugar syrup (caster sugar gently dissolved in hot water at a ratio of 1:1 ratio sugar to water and left to cool)
- 5 fresh blackberries
- 2 more blackberries and a thin slice of apple to garnish
- Muddle (crush) 5 fresh blackberries in a cocktail shaker or jug.
- Add all the other ingredients, fill the shaker or jug with cubed ice and shake well.
- Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass (as in ‘on the rocks’) or tumbler filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with two fresh blackberries and the slice of apple