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Smoked Rosemary Bramble Sour Cocktail

by Owen Ingalls March 15, 2024 2 min read

Smoked Rosemary Bramble Sour Cocktail

The Smoked Rosemary Bramble Sour is an innovative cocktail that infuses the classic sour profile with the earthy depth of rosemary and the sweet, tangy essence of blackberry.

This drink is a modern twist on the traditional bramble cocktail, originally made with gin, lemon, sugar, and blackberry liqueur. By adding a smoky element and the herbal freshness of rosemary, this version elevates the experience, making it both complex and remarkably refreshing.


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz blackberry syrup
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • Ice cubes
  • Rosemary for garnish and smoking


  1. Prepare the Glass: Begin by smoking the glass. Light a sprig of rosemary on fire and place it under an inverted glass. Let the glass fill with smoke for about 30 seconds before flipping it back over. This process imparts a subtle rosemary aroma to the glass, enhancing the cocktail's flavor profile.

  2. Mix the Cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, blackberry syrup, and simple syrup. The combination of lemon and blackberry syrups creates a sweet and sour balance that complements the gin's botanicals.

  3. Shake: Add ice to the shaker. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill and dilute the mixture, ensuring a smooth texture.

  4. Serve: Strain the cocktail into the smoked glass filled with fresh ice. The smokiness of the glass will add an aromatic layer to the drink, marrying beautifully with the herbal and fruity flavors.

  5. Garnish: Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. Its aroma will enhance the drink's herbal notes, completing the sensory experience.


The Smoked Rosemary Bramble Sour pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes. The smoky, herbal notes complement savory foods well, while the sourness can cut through the richness of fatty foods. Here are a few pairing suggestions:

  • Cheese Platters: The cocktail's botanical notes pair well with soft cheeses like goat cheese or brie.
  • Grilled Meats: The smoky flavor of the drink complements grilled chicken or pork beautifully.
  • Seafood: Its crisp acidity balances the richness of dishes like salmon or shrimp.
  • Desserts: Try it with lemon tart or blackberry pie for a delightful sweet-and-sour combination.

This cocktail is a celebration of flavor, combining traditional elements with inventive twists for a truly memorable drink. Whether you're a seasoned mixologist or a curious beginner, the Smoked Rosemary Bramble Sour offers a unique blend of tastes that's sure to impress.

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