Jalapeño Raspberry Bramble

This jalapeño raspberry Bramble is a spicy twist on a classic gin cocktail. It’s ideal for sipping alongside your favorite Mexican meal or other spicy food.

The inspiration

The original Bramble is a modern cocktail created by Dick Bradsell. It’s made with dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and crème de mûre, which is blackberry liqueur.

If you have a moment, I’d encourage you to read this lovely tribute to Mr. Bradsell. He’s someone I wish I could have met.

a jalapeno raspberry bramble garnished with three raspberries surrounded by lime, pepper, and berries.

Tips and tricks for this recipe

July 2022: I’ve updated my Bramble recipe to mirror a sour formula. That’s two ounces of gin, three-quarters to an ounce of citrus, and three-quarters to an ounce of simple syrup. In this case the simple syrup is split between raspberry liqueur and the jalapeño raspberry simple syrup.

Using jalapeños and other chili peppers in cocktails

You can make this raspberry jalapeño cocktail less spicy by using less of the pepper. Or omit it altogether. If you want more heat, you can use a hotter chili pepper. Check out my spicy margarita for more information about chili peppers!

ProTip: always be careful when you slice a jalapeño not to touch your eyes, especially if you wear contacts, or your other sensitive bits! Read more about how to treat your eyes if you get chili oil in them (and also about lime juice sunburns) in this piece:

Surprising hazards in the kitchen.

How to make the simple syrup: two options

Option 1: You can make a traditional simple syrup using equal parts of sugar and water. Combine them in a small pot over low heat. When the sugar has dissolved, add the raspberries and jalapeño and let cool. Strain.

Recipes for Brambles often recommend a double strain to remove pulp and other bits. I find that a fine mesh strainer (pictured below) or other fine sieve works just as well.

a picture of a fine mesh strainer.

Option 2 is slightly more work but will make syrup with a stronger berry flavor. Combine the raspberries and jalapeño in a bowl with a tablespoon of sugar and let macerate for 20 to 30 minutes. Macerating the berries in sugar will cause them to release liquid, so no additional liquid is needed.

Strain, pressing the berries against the side of the fine mesh strainer to express all of the liquid.

raspberries and jalapeño macerating in a small bowl.

How to make a bramble: two options

Option 1: Simply combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with about a half cup of ice, shake, and strain into a lowball glass filled with crushed ice.

Option 2: For effect, combine only the gin and lime juice into the shaker, shake, and strain into your lowball glass with the crushed ice. Now combine the Chambord and simple syrup and for it over the top.

FAQ about this jalapeño raspberry Bramble

Can I use other fruit in place of raspberries?

Absolutely. I can easily imagine a jalapeño blackberry Bramble or a jalapeño watermelon Bramble.

Can I use frozen raspberries?

Yes. Although frozen berries may release more liquid, so consider cooking the syrup down if it ends up looking very watery.

Can I use another liquor?

Did I hear you say, “Can I make this with tequila?” Yes. Yes, that tequila bramble sounds delightful. Or maybe then it’s a raspberry jalapeño margarita?

What other raspberry liqueur cocktails can be made with Chambord?

How about a peanut butter and jelly cocktail made with peanut butter whiskey?

Is there a right way or wrong way to shake a cocktail?

No, go ahead and shake to whatever song you like. But there a few things you shouldn’t do.

a jalapeño raspberry bramble garnished with three raspberries.

Related recipes

Check out other uglyduckling bakery cocktails like this spicy margarita with jalapeño simple syrup, “The Lady Bridgerton,” an Empress 1908 gin cocktail, a gin espresso martini, or this cranberry Negroni.

Or, if you love raspberries, here’s a raspberry loaf cake for you. Or perhaps shortbread Linzer cookies filled with raspberry jam?

Jalapeño raspberry bramble

5 from 1 vote
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 218kcal
This jalapeño raspberry Bramble is a spicy twist on yet another classic gin cocktail. It’s made for sipping alongside your favorite Mexican meal or other spicy food.
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Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

Raspberry jalapeño syrup

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • jalapeño, seeded and sliced
  • ½ cup raspberries, washed, plus three reserved for garnish

Raspberry jalapeño Bramble

  • 2 ounces Tanqueray or other dry gin
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce raspberry jalapeño syrup
  • ½ ounce Chambord or other raspberry liqueur

Instructions

Raspberry jalapeño syrup

  • Combine the sugar and water in a small pot and heat over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
    ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water
  • Add the raspberries and chili pepper. Turn off the heat and let cool.
    jalapeño, seeded and sliced, ½ cup raspberries, washed, plus three reserved for garnish
  • Strain the simple syrup into a clean jar. Extra syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.

Raspberry jalapeño Bramble

  • Fill a lowball glass with crushed ice.
  • If you want simple, mix all of the Bramble ingredients (gin, lime juice, syrup, and Chambord) into a cocktail shaker filled with ice (not crushed ice). Shake and strain into your glass.
    2 ounces Tanqueray or other dry gin, ¾ ounce lime juice, ½ ounce raspberry jalapeño syrup, ½ ounce Chambord or other raspberry liqueur
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Notes

You can vary the heat in this cocktail by omitting the jalapeño or using less. Or turn it up by trying a habanero pepper as a substitute for jalapeño!
Alternative presentation: add the gin and lime juice to the shaker, shake and strain as above. Combine the syrup and Chambord and pour over the top, creating a layered appearance to the Bramble.
The Bramble is traditionally served with a straw, if you’re a straw kind of person.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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This bramble cocktail was first published on July 24, 2021. It was last updated July 26, 2022.

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