Friday, May 28, 2010
The Bramble is known as a popular drink in the UK where bartender Dick Bradcell created it (according to the folks at The Wikitender), but it is based on a much older Jerry Thomas recipe from the 1860's called the Gin Fix. Basically its a combination of lemon, sugar, gin, crushed ice, berry syrup (or liqueur in the Bramble) with seasonal berries. This is a perfect early summer drink and goes down so well in a variety of forms.
At Fort Defiance we make a version called the Warwick Bramble that uses local black current liqueur from the Warwick Valley. Last year Damon from Prime Meats had a Tequila Bramble on the menu using a tasty reposado.
Using the oaky quality of the Luna Sueno Anjeo, I make my Agave Bramble with fresh black berries and raspberries, lemon and agave nectar for sweetness. I guess it is technically closer to a Fix since I like to keep things simple and paired down to showcase the spirit. But if you have some good berry liqueur hanging around, a floater of it on top couldn't hurt!
If you would like to try my Bramble, I will be serving them tonight at a free tasting at Best Cellars on Broadway between 80th and 81st from 5-8pm.
2 oz Luna Sueno Anejo
1 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz Agave Nectar
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain and serve in a rocks glass over cracked ice. Garnish with some more fresh berries and lemon wheel.