Welcome to your new favorite summer drink, the Bramble Pink Gin Spritz Cocktail with Raspberries! This delightful gin spritz recipe is a fruity, fizzy, and delicious drink that’s perfect for warm afternoons and balmy evenings. Any gin lover will fall head over heels for its vibrant color and irresistible taste.
Be sure to check out our other similar delicious cocktail recipes, which are just as delightful as this one! If you love citrusy cocktails, the Cointreau Mimosa Spritz and Midori Spritz are go-tos. Or, if you like classic drinks, try the White Lady.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Refreshing and light: The combination of ingredients creates a delightfully bubbly and bright cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer months.
- Bursting with flavor: The flavors come together in a symphony of fruity and floral flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.
- Easy to make: With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, you can whip up this delightful gin spritz in no time.
What is a Spritz Cocktail?
Classic spritz cocktails have their roots in the Veneto region of Italy and are officially recognized by the International Bartenders Association (IBA). The creation of this effervescent drink dates back to the 19th century when Habsburg Austro-Hungarian Troops soldiers found themselves stationed in the Veneto area.
To adapt to the higher alcohol content of Venetian wines, the soldiers started diluting it with a little water, or “spritzen” in German, giving birth to the iconic spritz cocktail. Over time, this developed into the popular Italian Aperol Spritz, first crafted in Northern Italy during the early 1900s.
However, it wasn’t until the 1950s and 60s that the spritz gained widespread appeal and became an integral part of Italian culture.
What is Pink Gin?
The pink bramble gin in this cocktail is a delightful variation of traditional gin that boasts a beautiful rosy, pink hue and delicate fruity flavors. It derives its pink color and subtle fruity notes from the addition of raspberries and blackberries (which are considered “bramble” berries).
Its origin can be traced back to the 19th century, where it started as a simple cocktail recipe of gin and Angostura bitters, which gave the drink a pale pink color. The modern interpretation of pink gin, however, has evolved to incorporate fruity flavor and a more vibrant hue, making it a popular choice for a colorful and refreshing cocktail like this Bramble Pink Gin Spritz.
Bramble gin (or other pink gin): This pink gin, infused with bramble berries, forms the fruity and floral base of the cocktail. You can use any brand that you prefer. I used Bombay Sapphire Bramble Gin.
Simple syrup: Adds a touch of sweetness to balance the acidity of the prosecco. Simple syrup is made by dissolving equal parts of granulated sugar into water.
Prosecco: This Italian sparkling wine adds a delightful fizziness and lightness to the cocktail.
Soda water: You can use club soda, seltzer water, or tonic water. Keep in mind tonic water will add some sweetness, but both flavored or regular tonic water can be used.
Raspberries and/or lemon slices: These add color, flavor, and aroma as garnishes, but are optional. You can also use a lemon peel twist. You also can’t go wrong with adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice while you’re at it.
Substitutions and Variations
- Gin alternatives: If you can’t find pink gin, you can just your favorite gin with a splash of raspberry liqueur (like Chambord) or muddled raspberries for a similar flavor profile.
- Sweetener options: If you prefer a different type of sweetener, you can replace the simple syrup with agave syrup or raspberry syrup. You can also add some lemon juice to simple syrup for a lemon syrup variation.
- Sparkling wine alternatives: If prosecco isn’t your favorite, you can substitute it with a other sparkling white wine like champagne, cava, or any other sparkling wine you prefer.
Step 2: Top with prosecco and soda water.
Step 3: Garnish with berries and/or lemon slices. Stir with a cocktail spoon or straw before drinking.
- Chill your glassware: Enhance the refreshment factor by chilling your glasses in the refrigerator or freezer before pouring your cocktail.
- Adjust the sweetness to taste: Feel free to tweak the amount of simple syrup to suit your preferred level of sweetness.
- Experiment with flavors and garnishes: In addition to raspberries, consider garnishing or adding fresh mint leaves, rosemary sprigs, lemon or lime juice, or swap the raspberries for other berries like fresh strawberries or blueberries.
Q: What gin should I use?
This spritz uses a bramble or pink gin as its base. They provide fruity and floral flavors, often resulting from the addition of red or pink fruits during the distillation process. You can use any brand of that you prefer.
Q: How much alcohol is in a gin spritz?
The alcohol content can vary depending on the specific gin and prosecco used. Generally, a gin spritz results in an alcohol by volume (ABV) that ranges from 10% to 15%.
Q: What’s the difference between pink and regular gin?
Pink gin differs in its color and flavor profile. Originally, pink gin referred to an easy cocktail (not a specific type of spirit) that was made of Plymouth gin and bitters. Bitters were used medicinally in the British Royal Navy for seasickness, and gin was added to make it more appealing to the sailors. The bitters gave the gin a pink, rosy color.
Nowadays, pink gin is a very broad term for a gin that has a rosy hue, often derived from the addition of red or pink fruits during the distillation process. Regular gin, on the other hand, is clear and has a more prominent juniper flavor profile.
Q: Can I make a batch?
Absolutely! To make a batch, simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need, combine everything except the soda water, prosecco, and raspberries in a large pitcher, and chill until ready to serve.
When it’s time to serve, top up with soda water and prosecco, then garnish with raspberries. I’ve included some pre-calculated measurements for serving 8 cocktails in the recipe notes below.
Q: Can I make a batch in advance?
Yes, you can prepare a batch in advance. You should only mix the simple syrup and gin in a large pitcher and chill in the fridge up to one day in advance. When it’s time to enjoy your cocktail, add the soda water, prosecco, and raspberries. This way, your spritz will be perfectly bubbly and ready for your guests!
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Bramble Pink Gin Spritz Cocktail
- 2 ounces bramble gin (such as Bombay Bramble or other pink gin)
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 3 ounces prosecco (dry or brut)
- 1 ounce soda water (seltzer, club soda, or tonic water)
- Raspberries and/or lemon slices for garnish (optional)
- Add the gin and simple syrup to a large wine glass filled with ice.
- Top with prosecco and soda water.
- Garnish with raspberries and/or lemon slices, if desired. Stir before drinking.
- 2 cups bramble gin (such as Bombay Bramble or other pink gin)
- 1 cup simple syrup
- 1 bottle prosecco ( 750 ml bottle, dry or brut)
- 1 cup soda water (seltzer, club soda, or tonic water)
- Raspberries and/or lemon slices for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and serve immediately over ice.
- Avoid adding ice to the pitcher or making it in advance as it can get diluted and/or go flat easily.