Cocktails That Complete Me: The Bramble
By Jason Wilson
The Bramble. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)
Even though it seems like it, not every one of the 100 must-drink, classiccocktails onThe Listis an old-timey recipe dating from the early 20th century.At least one drink I'd never tried before hails from what is widely considered theDark Age of Cocktails: the 1980s.That, of course, is the infamous era of the film "Cocktail" -- with
inhis flair bartending glory -- as well as such drinks as theFuzzy Navel, Sex on theBeach, Slippery Nipple and theRed-Headed Slut.Anyway, the cocktail I introduced to myself this week is called the Bramble.Now, there are two good reasons why I've never tasted this cocktail before.First, it was created in the mid-1980s in London, by a bartender named
at Fred's Club in Soho. At that time, I was in high school in New Jersey(probably drinking tall boys while hair metal played on the boom box) so I canonly imagine that people sipped on the Bramble while they danced in theirskinny ties to the synthesizers of Depeche Mode or Flock of Seagulls or CultureClub or Spandau Ballet. Ah, New Romanticism.The second, and likely main, reason that I never had a Bramble is because itcalls for a very obscure ingredient called creme de mure. Creme de mure isblackberry liqueur; its cousins would be creme de cassis, the black-currantliqueur, and creme de framboise, the raspberry liqueur. You can definitely findcreme de mure on liquor shelves -- Massenez brand is the most widely availableand the best -- but it's not exactly on the tip of people's tongues.