If you like floral fruit-forward cocktails this Strawberry Rose Bramble Gin Cocktail is your new favorite drink. Whether you are a fan of gin or not, this simple yet elevated cocktail will make you a believer. It’s made with muddled fresh strawberries, homemade rose syrup, dry gin, and lemon juice. With only 5 ingredients––including the ingredients for the rose syrup––even a cocktail novice can make this Bramble in minutes. It also makes a delicious mocktail with a surprising swap.
What is a Bramble Gin Cocktail?
A Bramble cocktail is most commonly made with crème de mûre (a blackberry liqueur), lemon juice, London dry gin, simple syrup, and garnished with a touch of fruit (blackberries or raspberries). It is fresh, bright, tangy, and sweet. It is usually enjoyed in the spring and summer season, but I happily drink them all year round. This Strawberry Rose Bramble takes a delicious detour from the traditional Bramble Gin Cocktail, with the addition of rose simple syrup and fresh strawberries.
The Key Ingredients
Indeed I invented this Strawberry Rose Bramble as a Valentine’s Day cocktail. However it really tastes like the coming of spring. Make sure to use quality ingredients for the best flavor.
Strawberries: Fresh strawberries give this cocktail a cheery vibrant flavor. Use strawberries at their peak of ripeness. Look for a deep red hue and a fresh strawberry smell.
Rose Water: Rose water tastes how a rose smells. It elevates the natural flavor and blends perfectly with the botanicals in gin. In this recipe you’ll use rose water to make an incredible rose water simple syrup. The rose simple syrup is our added sugar, and will sweeten this cocktail to perfection.
London Dry Gin: Being that this is a floral cocktail, gin––which is flavored with juniper berries and other herbal spices––is obviously the best spirit to use. However, not all gins are created equal. For this cocktail I recommend a high quality London Dry Gin like Bombay Sapphire, or Hayman’s of London (my favorite). I like Hayman’s Royal Dock Gin for its notes of juniper, coriander, and citrus. It plays very well in this cocktail and gives it a more sophisticated taste.
How to make a Strawberry Rose Bramble
Step one: Make the rose simple syrup. The recipe below makes 1 cup of simple syrup. So plan on making it in advance and using it for this cocktail, and anywhere else you want rose simple syrup. It’s super delicious in coffee!
Step two: Muddle 1 large strawberry (stem cut off) at the bottom of each cocktail glass. Use a muddler to thoroughly mash the strawberry until you see a lot of strawberry juice at the bottom of the glass, and the pieces of fruit don’t stick together in a clump. Top with about 1/2 cup of ice per glass––cubed or crushed ice.
Step three: Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with cubed ice: gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice (seeds removed), and rose simple syrup. Shake and pour into the glass.
Step four: Garnish with some crushed dry rose petals (optional), more strawberry, or slice of lemon.
Tips for making the best Bramble
- Only use high quality gin and other ingredients. My go-to-gin is Hayman’s Royal Dock Gin.
- Use a muddler to thoroughly mash the strawberry until you see a lot of strawberry juice at the bottom of the glass, and the pieces of fruit don’t stick together in a clump.
- If you cannot find fresh strawberries, swap with ripe peach, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries.
- To make this alcohol free: use water––still or sparkling––in place of gin. It’s actually super delicious and refreshing too.
- No time to make your own rose syrup? Here’s a pre-made one.
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Strawberry Rose Bramble Gin Cocktail
- 1 Cocktail shaker
- 4 oz London Dry Gin like Hayman's Royal Dock Gin
- 2 oz lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 oz rose simple syrup recipe below
- 4 fresh strawberries tops removed
- dry rose petals garnish, optional
Rose Simple Syrup
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup rose water I recommend this one
- Muddle 2 strawberries at the bottom of each cocktail glass. Use a muddler to thoroughly mash the strawberry until you see a lot of strawberry juice at the bottom of the glass, and the pieces of fruit don't stick together in a clump.
- Top the strawberries with about 1/2 cup of ice per glass––cubed or crushed ice.
- Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with cubed ice: gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice (seeds removed), and rose simple syrup. Shake and pour into the glass.
- Garnish with some crushed dry rose petals (optional), more strawberry, or slice of lemon.
Rose Water Syrup
- Bring the sugar, water, and rose water to a simmer in a small pot.
- Reduce the heat to low, and continue to cook for 15 minutes, until the liquid reduces and the syrup reaches a thicker consistency (similar to agave).
- Remove from the heat, and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
Emma / March 13, 2023 at 12:07 pm /
This looks delicious! But I’m having trouble finding the rose simple syrup recipe. What am I missing?