Bramble Cocktail Recipe | Bols



the original
spirit     of

Damrak Gin

50 ML

Fresh lemon juice

25 ML

Sugar syrup

10 ML

Shake all ingredients except for Bols Crème de Cassis liqueur and pour over crushed ice into a rocks glass. Pour Bols Crème de Cassis over the ice and garnish with a lemon wedge and a bramble.

  • Variation 1: Make a Dutch version of the Bramble, the Genever Bramble. Bols Genever Original adds a nice malty note to the cocktail. 
  • Variation 2: Replace the sugar syrup with a (homemade) basil syrup.


with natural botanicals

Master bartender note

A perfect Bramble cocktail tastes fresh, sweet, sour and fruity with a kick from the Damrak Gin. The cocktail is visually appealing due to the Bols Crème de Cassis that elegantly weaves its way through the cocktail and crushed ice.

The Bramble is an iconic cocktail of the 1980s, created by the one of the most influential bartenders in history: Dick Bradsell (1959-2016). Bradsell, also the inventor of the Espresso Martini, created the Bramble cocktail at Fred's Club, London in 1984. 

The cocktail can be considered a modern classic, born out of the contemporary international cocktail culture. Bradsell used gin in a decade in which everything was about vodka. Yet this accessible cocktail was able to persuade die-hard vodka drinkers to switch to gin. 

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