Jalapeño Raspberry Bramble

Jalapeño Raspberry Bramble

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.

The original Bramble is a modern cocktail created by Dick Bradsell made with a dry gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and crème de mûre (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 few notes

You can make this raspberry jalapeño cocktail less spicy by using less of the pepper. Or omit it altogether. If you want more heat, use the whole pepper or just let it macerate for longer.

A few words of experience: always be careful when you slice a jalapeño not to touch your eyes (especially if you wear contacts) or other sensitive bits.

raspberries and jalapeño macerating in a small bowl

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

a picture of a chinois

FAQ about this jalapeño raspberry Bramble

How does the jalapeño infuse if there is no added liquid?

Macerating the berries in sugar will cause them to release liquid, so no additional liquid is needed.

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.

Can I make this without the jalapeño?

Yes, you could turn down the heat by omitting the jalapeño or using less. Or turn it up by using the whole jalapeño or macerating for longer.

Can I use other fruit in place of raspberries?

Absolutely. I can easily imagine a jalapeño blackberry Bramble or a jalapeño watermelon Bramble. I do have some watermelon…

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, you can.

Jalapeño raspberry bramble

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1
Author uglyducklingbakery

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

Raspberry jalapeño syrup

  • ½ cup raspberries, washed, plus extra for garnish
  • ½ jalapeño, sliced (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Raspberry Bramble

  • 1 ½ oz Tanqueray or other dry gin
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ½ oz raspberry jalapeño syrup
  • ½ oz Chambord or other raspberry liqueur

Instructions

Raspberry jalapeño syrup

  • In a small bowl, mix the raspberries, sliced jalapeño, and sugar. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes to macerate.
  • Remove the jalapeño, and pour through a fine meshed sieve over another bowl. Mash the raspberries (who knew there were so many seeds?!) against the sieve. If you're using a fine meshed sieve, you can use a clean spatula to scrape down the liquid on the outside of the sieve.

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.
  • 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.
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Notes

You can vary the heat in this cocktail by using less jalapeño. Turn up the heat by adding more jalapeño or extending the macerating time.
The Bramble is traditionally served with a straw, if you’re a straw kind of person.

What next?

If you make this raspberry jalapeño bramble or have any questions, please comment and/or share a pic!

Check out other uglyduckling bakery cocktails like “The Lady Bridgerton,” an Empress 1908 gin cocktail, a gin espresso martini, or this peanut butter manhattan.

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a jalapeño raspberry bramble garnished with three raspberries


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