Blackberry Bramble

lemon + gin + berries

I’m making an attempt to be more outgoing during the week. It’s really easy to just come home and drop onto the couch after a long day of work, but I moved to New York for a reason and I don’t want to waste my time doing a whole lot of nothing. This most certainly means that I am tired more often than not. I’m usually running on around five hours of sleep, maybe six, but rarely seven, on any given day, but I’m 24 years old, so I’ll sleep when I’m dead, right? I know some people out here who are much older than me and still kicking it every night, so I have absolutely no excuse other than my penchant for acting like an old fogey and wanting to stay in on the couch, wrapped up in a blanket, eating popcorn and watching television. Which is completely fine and something I do fairly regularly. Monday night, I pushed myself to go out, make new friends, and afterward, stayed out just a touch longer than I should have, but hot dogs in pretzel buns and tall, cold beers were calling my name. This bar near us called Daddy’s sells hot dogs from The Meat Hook wrapped in excellent pretzel buns, smothered in mustard and pickles. The snap back from the casing of that hot dog is literally the stuff that dreams are made of. Whenever I don’t know what bar to go to now that I know these hot dogs exist, Daddy’s is surely my answer. I think that they sell beef jerky, too, which as I explained in my last post, is something that I adore and have been known to eat for breakfast as the salt and protein make it an unbelievable hangover cure. I guess I can try to save some room in my stomach next time I go to try the jerky and still enjoy my favorite hot dog.

Blackberry Bramble

Me sleeping while Kramer played with our new 90mm lens.
While Monday was all about brews and brats, last night, I decided to go against all sound logic and reasoning and go to the gym. Dun dun dunnnnn. I’ve never been an athletic person. I rowed crew in high school, but there is no running involved in that, plus it’s a team sport, so you’re in a boat with other people and you’re working together while some tiny person at the front of the boat yells at you. It’s a lot of fun, plus you get to go on trips and meet new people. Now that I am older and a part of the working class society instead of some mooching teenager in high school living fun and fancy free, I need to exercise. Ugh. I hate the ritual of changing into gym clothes after work. You’re tired, your head is a little fuzzy from staring at a computer screen all day, and you just want to go home! But, as we all know, adults today work too hard and don’t take care of themselves, so with that in mind, I found myself at the gym. I opted for a spin class because the other option was an outdoor bootcamp class and it was raining. I knew if I took that class, I’d inevitably slip and fall on my ass, break my tailbone, and have to stand at my desk while hunched over my keyboard at work. No thanks. Spin it was. I go through phases during each workout where I think to myself, “I am seriously going to pass out,” to “This part is okay, I guess,” and back to “Oh jeebus, I really can’t do this,” etcetera etcetera. Obviously I lived to tell the tale. It was fine. I will go back. Although I am definitely going to have to bring a padded cushion for those cycle seats because they are hard as rocks! I guess no matter how hard I try, I’ll always be just a bit of a curmudgeon.

Blackberry Bramble

I worked out, so I deserve a treat! Who in the world hasn’t uttered or at least thought that very same thing? Well, here’s your treat, people: a Blackberry Bramble. I had one recently when we were out with Kramer’s dad a few weeks ago, and it was so good that I immediately made one at home the next day. The berries are simmering in plenty of sugar, a cinnamon stick, and cloves, which make for a richer flavor with a warming aroma that, while this is a cold drinks, makes it more appropriate for this winter to spring transition that we’re all experiencing this time of year. All you need are berries, aromatics, lemon juice, gin, and club soda. You could get really classy and top this off with prosecco instead of club soda, which, being the fancy girl that I am, I would have absolutely done had I thought ahead, but I didn’t, so I used club soda here. I love a drink that you can eat, and this is definitely that drink, just make sure you fish the cloves out because there is nothing more horrible that I can imagine than chomping down on a whole clove. I had more than a few of these the day that I made them because there’s nothing like a pretty, fresh drink on a cold, gray day. The berries are great for other uses, too: pancakes, ice cream, yogurt…the list goes on. They’ll keep well in your fridge for a week, so go ahead and make yourself a bramble! You deserve it.

Blackberry BrambleThis is me pretending to be Emperor Palpatine after a few brambles.
Blackberry Bramble
Just cook your berries in sugar, make a syrup, and you’re done!

Blackberry Bramble
Now you have your gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Boring!

Blackberry Bramble
Add your syrup and berries and boom! Deliciousness.

Blackberry Bramble


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Blackberry Bramble
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Serves: 2 drinks + extra berries
Cinnamon and clove scented berries shaken with simple syrup, gin, and lemon juice.
For the Berries:
  • 2 cups blackberries/blueberries/raspberries
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
For the Bramble:
  • 6 ounces gin
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (from the berries or regular)
  • club soda, to top it all off (or real get fancy and use prosecco)
  1. Place your berries in a small pot and add in the sugar, water, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then simmer for 8 minutes, until the berries have softened (but not disintegrated) and the sugar has dissolved. You will have extra if you're not making drinks for a crowd, so these will keep well in their syrup for up to a week.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine your gin, lemon juice, and syrup. You can use some of the syrup from the berries, if you want a really fruity drink, or you can just use regular simple syrup. To make plain simple syrup, just boil 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water until the sugar dissolves. Easy!
  3. Add ice to the top and shake well, for at least 10 seconds. Use a strainer (so you don't have any lemon pulp) to pour the cocktail into two ice filled glasses. Drop a spoonful or two of berries into the drink, drop with club soda, and add a straw. Allow your guests to stir the drink themselves; the pink looks really pretty when you serve it, almost ombre, and then it magically combines in your guests' hands!


28 Responses

  1. Such a beautiful drink – love the colors and the flavors! And congrats on the new lens. How fun!

  2. That reminds me, I MUST work out because spring is almost here and I currently look like a ball of dough but I simply can’t find the time or the energy after work. I’m much more inclined to lounge on the couch with, say, a bramble!

  3. Lindsey says:

    Emperor Palpatine has never been more adorable… i didn’t know a bramble was his drink of choice, such a classy dude! Love your new lens! This drink is furthering my bad case of spring fever, it looks so refreshing, and even though it’s only 1030, a little gin sounds like just what the doctor ordered. PS – I’m determined to drag you to one of my run clubs before you know what. XO

  4. maye says:

    Can you do a post about your cocktail tools? That would be helpful, I think. This sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it.

    • Sydney says:

      Hi Maye – I will certainly do that soon, although I’ll be honest, all I use is a shaker, a muddler, a small mesh strainer, and a vegetable peeler for garnishes. I also have a silicone ice cube tray that makes it easy to pop the cubes out versus the regular plastic ones. That’s it!

  5. I work out first thing in the morning. I am a morning person, so this works well for me. In the evenings, my body wants to be planted on the couch with the cats or standing in front of the oven baking!

  6. I’m always looking for new gin cocktails, and this one looks great! Perfect for the warmer weather we’re having, too.

  7. Lynna says:

    Now you`re making me feel guilty for not going out as much. LOL. Why must eating popcorn while watching TV be so addicting?

    The blackberries definitely add a gorgeous flare to the drink!

  8. Ariel says:

    Where did you get your eyeglasses and coat from?

    I love drinking out Ball jars! Also, congrats on the new lens.

  9. Tieghan says:

    So pretty, I love this and congrats!

  10. Bah! I need to get out more too, but it’s cold and I love my cat. lol With summer just around the corner, and a drink of this should be just the thing to scoot me out the door!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I love mason jars so much! They are just the most perfect thing ever.

  12. BigFATcook says:

    These look so amazing… yummy!

  13. I used to row crew in hs too, but we must have had a much different experience because ALL. WE. DID. WAS. RUN. I mean, that’s a huge exaggeration, but still.. so much running!

    These drinks sound fabulous. PS I love my couch more than anything during the week and I’m sooo not even a little bit ashamed.

  14. I could use one of these cocktails right about now! We don’t get much sleep either but that’s why cocktails like this make it all worth it!

  15. I hear ya sister. After work I’m just all like ‘blah wine’. 24 too…. and yeah kind of comfy doing nothing 😛 Need to push myself to do more too. I think that your brambles are making this problem worse though because I could easily stay home and knock back a few of these!

  16. So excited for your new lens!

    And yes, with each workout comes a treat! I’ll have to treat myself this bramble after my workout tomorrow!

  17. I had no idea what a bramble was but now I want one. I am a total wimp when it comes to staying out late. I’m always at home, watching TV. And if I worked I’d never go out on a work night. But I see your point of living life and enjoying. I should do that more!

    Good for you for taking a spin class. I love to exercise but only at home. It’s very cool you were on a rowing team.

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  19. Currently sipping on one of these for the 4th of July! They’re so refreshing and not too sweet (and I made mine a short drink so it’s extra boozy)–these are super dangerous because I could drink so many! Thanks for your awesome recipes! Last week I made your m&m swirl cookies and they were perfect.

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  22. 232Barbara says:

    ‘Tis the season… When walking the greenway recently, I noticed wild blackberries growing along the path. I’ll have to pick some before the birds get them, and while there still fresh. Your blackberry ramble sounds really yummy. Grapes and blackberries go very well together and I really love the combination, so I will be having fresh grapes as a side with my drink. Will try this during 6pm cuddle time after a daily walk with my pooch Baxter. What a great start to an evening meal. Thank you Sydney….. author of “The Crepes of Wrath”.

  23. mortgagecrow says:

    mortgagecrow This is one awesome article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

    This is one awesome article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

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