Sunday, December 9, 2007

Episode # 12 The Bramble

The Bramble is a truly remarkable cocktail. It’s one of the first drinks I made where gin was the primary ingredient. It also uses one of my absolute favorite liqueurs: Chambord. The fact that the recipe calls for equal proportions of lemon juice and simple syrup also suggests that this could be considered a Gin Sour. Not so fast my friend, because the best part of this cocktail comes at the end when the Chambord is floated on top of the drink only to slowly sink to the bottom where the straw awaits to bring it back up to your mouth again. Watching the Chambord sink to the bottom is half the fun of making this cocktail. I recommend giving this one a stir periodically for the best results. If you have a friend or loved one who refuses to like Gin, please start here. You won’t be let down.

2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Simply Syrup
1/2 oz. Chambord
Raspberries or Blackberries
Lemon Twist

1. Shake first three ingredients with ice.
2. Strain into shaved ice-filled glass.
3. Slowly pour Chambord over the top to bleed down through the cocktail.
4. Garnish with berries and lemon twist.

Music: Horace Parlan "Back From the Gig"

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