Islay Bramble
By Jane Carswell

Islay Bramble

By Jane Carswell
Try making an Islay bramble gin cocktail with actual brambles rather than the classic Creme de Mure. An amazing fruity option for the autumn months.
  • 40ml The Botanist gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 15ml bramble syrup
Instructions for making the Islay Bramble cocktail:
  1. To make bramble syrup: pick a Kilner jar of brambles, cover with water and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid through a fine conical sieve or jay cloth.
  3. Weigh the liquid and add an equal weight of sugar, stir until dissolved. You can fortify this with gin to 18% to keep it indefinitely. The ratio of about 3 parts syrup to 2 parts 46% gin would work.
  4. Keeping the bramble syrup back, shake the other ingredients with ice.
  5. Pour into a glass over crushed ice, and drizzle the bramble syrup over the top.

Use some freshly picked berries and a young bramble leaf for garnish – they are nice, fruity, a tiny bit tannic.

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