Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. I'm in Oxford this week, so I thought we'd make a streamlined version of the very British blackberry bramble.
Photo: Claire Lower
Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we're featuring a cocktail from Maggie Hoffman's The One-Bottle Cocktail, a book that very much fits the aesthetic of this column.
Though America invented cocktails, England invented the bramble, and the world was the better for it. The drink is usually made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and blackberry liqueur, which is fine, but it's too many ingredients. Also, I didn't want to buy another bottle of liqueur, so I reached for a jar of jam, and omitted the syrup entirely. (Don't worry, I upped the gin to compensate for the lack of liqueur.) To make one yourself, you will need:
- 75ml of gin
- 30ml lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons really great blackberry jam
Combine everything in a shaker filled with ice and shake until it gets too cold to hold. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a lowball filled with crushed ice, and garnish with a strip or lemon zest, or a blackberry if you have one lying around.