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Forager's Brambley Gin

With an abundance of countryside surrounding us in Perthshire, it’s easy to find wild brambles at this time of year.  And whilst the wild ones tend to be smaller than their supermarket cousins they are extra delicious and ripe for the picking!

Just remember to wear gloves – these thorny branches give a mean jag!

I decided to make something grown up and fun with my pickings; well, it is nearly the weekend after all! This is my bramble infused gin cocktail. In my humble opinion there’s no better sound than ice clinking against the sides of a glass after a hard day's foraging!

Slangevar folks!

Gill x

Preparation Time:
10 minutes
Cooking Time:
5 minutes
Serves: 2


  • 2 good handfuls of brambles
  • 8 mint leaves (plus extra to garnish)
  • 2 x 25ml measures of gin (I used Perthshire's own Strathearn Distillery's Classic Gin)
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • Tonic Water
  • 2 tablespoons of Sugar syrup


    1. In two tall glasses, share out and muddle the brambles and mint leaves 
    2. Pour a measure of gin into each glass, and squeeze in half a lemon, add a tablespoon of sugar syrup into each glass
    3. Mix together well
    4. Fill each glass with ice and top up with tonic water
    5. Taste and add more sugar syrup if needed to sweeten to your taste
    6. Garnish with a mint leaf or two.

    Nicki's Tuppenceworth 

    There is nothing better than foraging for your own food - its just so honest. Brambles are one of my favourites; when we were little there was a bush grew wild just beyond our back garden. As the summer grew longer, the thorny branches stretched through our fence and the juicy, plump berries were ours for the picking. 

    My nana put them into apple crumbles and Grandad bubbled them pound for pound with sugar to make sticky, thick bramble jam. You needed a whole afternoon at the bush to gather enough but when you spread it over your warm-from-the-griddle pancakes it was worth every nippy wee scratch.

    I love Gill's gin recipe; I may need to make a few batches to make sure I've nailed it though! And with all that gorgeous fruit and mint this is easily one of your five a day. ;-)

    We'd love to know what you do with your brambles - leave your comments here and share your tasty ideas.

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    Cheers!   Nicki x

    PS - If you've not tried Strathearn Gin then you're missing out. Well worth a slug into a cocktail!