Ginger Bramble

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This ginger bramble cocktail is made with a ginger-infused simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and fresh blackberries. It’s strong, elegant and delicious and makes the perfect drink to ring in the new year. Whether you cool it with ice or with dry ice, it looks beautiful either way.

A tall, elegant glass filled with a bramble cocktail and smoke from dry ice.

This post was originally published on Dec. 2, 2015.

Happy December! The year is going to be over in just a few more weeks and I’ve got a New Year’s cocktail for you to celebrate in style. It’s a variation of the bramble – a drink made with gin, lemon juice, blackberries, creme de mure (a blackberry liqueur) and simple syrup.

In my version I skipped the blackberry liqueur and infused the simple syrup with fresh ginger. (This was very easy to do, I peeled and sliced a piece of fresh ginger and boiled it along with water and sugar for two minutes, then took out the ginger and let the mix cool.)

I actually did a side-by-side comparison between regular simple syrup and the ginger simple syrup and while the ginger does not come through very strongly as ginger flavor, it does very much smoothen the drink and makes it much less harsh. I liked it a lot.

Ingredients for a ginger bramble cocktail for two:

All ingredients needed to make a ginger bramble cocktail.

As you can see I cooled the drink with dry ice in the top photo for extra effect but you can use regular ice as well, it’s still quite pretty.

A tall, elegant glass filled with a bramble cocktail.

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A tall, elegant glass filled with a bramble cocktail and smoke from dry ice.
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Ginger Bramble

SAFETY NOTES: If you’re using dry ice please use proper precautions: Do not touch the dry ice with your bare hands and do not drink any dry ice cubes. This great webpage has detailed instructions as to how to handle dry ice: Betty Crocker | How to Use Dry Ice
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:2 mins
Total Time:12 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ginger bramble cocktail
Servings: 2
Calories (estimated): 163kcal


For the ginger simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 half-inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced

For each cocktail:

  • 2 shots gin
  • 1 shot ginger simple syrup
  • 10 fresh or frozen blackberries
  • a few drops lemon juice
  • ice or dry ice


For the ginger simple syrup:

  • Add sugar, water and ginger to a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Let cool, then strain into a glass container and cover.
  • You can keep the syrup in the fridge for up to one week.

For the cocktail:

  • Add gin, syrup, fruit and lemon juice into each glass. (Add lemon juice to taste).
  • Add a few ice cubes or a small piece of dry ice.

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A tall, elegant glass filled with a bramble cocktail and smoke from dry ice.
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    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Debs! Yes, do take it easy with these guys, they are powerful even for those with, um, a lot of practice (cough, cough). :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Kim! It was quite a delicious cocktail, made it again last night since I still had some ginger simple syrup in the fridge. :)

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