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The Rambler – A Bramble Cocktail

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Last Updated on October 6, 2022 by The Noms

A tart and sweet combo of whiskey blackberry, this is a very refreshing twist on the Bramble Cocktail.


We love the combination of blackberries and bourbon, and when a surplus of blackberries from a brunch found their way into our possession, it was only a matter of time before they ended up in a drink. The Rambler is pleasantly tart and refreshing, the blackberries and lemon juice giving a tart bite. Fresh squeezed orange juice adds a bit of sweetness that helped compliment the oak and vanilla notes of the bourbon, along with a dash of simple syrup.


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Rambler Cocktail in a rocks glass with oranges and blackberries, whiskey bottle in background


What ingredients are Needed for the Rambler Cocktail?

  • Bourbon
  • Blackberries
  • Orange Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup
  • Orange Bitters


The Rambler Cocktail in a rocks glass with blackberries and oranges in the backgroundRocks GlassesBamboo Picks / Shaker / Muddler



What are Muddled Blackberries?

The best way to make muddled blackberries are to use a muddler at the bottom of a shaker or mixing glass to mash the blackberries down. This way expresses the juices and separates the seeds from the pulp and juices for this whiskey blackberry cocktail.


rambler Cocktail in a rocks glass with oranges and blackberries


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Rambler Cocktail in a rocks glass with oranges and blackberries, whiskey bottle in background
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The Rambler - A Bourbon Cocktail

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

A delightful combination of blackberries, orange and bourbon.


  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • .25 ounce simple syrup
  • 3-5 blackberries
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • .50 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.25 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice


Muddle the blackberries, simple syrup and bitters in the bottom of the shaker.

Add in the orange juice, lemon juice and bourbon, fill the shaker with ice.

Shake and double strain into a rocks glass filled with shaved or crushed ice.

Garnish with orange or a sprig of mint if in season.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 0.5gSaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 20.9gFiber: 2.2gSugar: 11.1gProtein: 1.4g

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The Rambler Cocktail in rocks glass with berries on a cocktail pick with a slice of orange. Oranges and blackberries around glass.


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Jessica Robinson

Thursday 28th of December 2017

This drink looks SO darn refreshing! We used to grow blackberries on my parents farm. They are a favorite in our household! Cannot wait to try this!

Suzanne Spiegoski

Sunday 17th of April 2016

What a simply delicious cocktail!

xo, Suz

The 'Noms.

Thursday 21st of April 2016

It's a pretty delicious cocktail! Cheers!

Lauren B.

Saturday 25th of April 2015

Hmmm... Whiskey and I have a history... and we're not really on speaking terms anymore! I know Bourbon's not exactly whiskey, but they're similar, right? Do you think the other flavors would make me forget our troubled past?

The 'Noms.

Saturday 25th of April 2015

Well technically Bourbon is a type of whiskey. Of course we try to find a way to make our drinks balanced so you get a bit of all the flavors, but if you were to dial the amount of bourbon down to say 1.5oz you would get a drink that is more fruity than boozy! (Mrs. Nom says eventually you have to get back up on the horse...)


Saturday 25th of April 2015

Oh my gosh, I'm not a bourbon drinker, but I may become one!! This looks amazing!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 25th of April 2015


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