My better half has bought me a bottle of gin for Easter. I am in love with chocolate, so it’s a measure of where I am that gin is now a better option.

This drink is a product of the 80’s, which seems strange as when I imagine drinks of that era I’m thinking of sugar bombs in garish colours. It was created by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club, a bar in London’s Soho. He created a number of iconic drinks and was one of the stars of the cocktail world until his death last year. Given that pedigree, it makes more sense that this is far more sophisticated than the neon kitsch which sprang to my mind.

  • 2 oz Ginbramble
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Sugar syrup
  • 1/2 oz Creme de mure

Shake the first three ingredients with ice, then strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle the blackberry liqueur over the top.

I cannot describe just how delicious this is. It is refreshing and just tart enough, but with a pleasing candy-like sweetness. It’s like drinking a complex sherbet.


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