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The 7 best brambles in Chicago

These gin sippers don't just come with blackberries in Chicago—we found the best of the classic at the city's best bars

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

This refreshing classic originated in London with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and crème de mûre (a blackberry liqueur), but Chicago takes the idea and puts a spin on it. We found bright gin drinks riddled with fruit, from strawberries to lime, for a slew of fresh sippers.

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Sour at the Game Room

This take on a bramble subs out the gin for a summery tequila and adds a bit of minty fernet. We're 100 percent on board, as this rendition has just the right amount of sour from the blackberry balanced with depth from the mint and a hefty bite of tequila to just do the trick. $11. —Elizabeth Atkinson

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Loop

Swizzle #16 at Scofflaw

The swizzles at Scofflaw are always refreshing, poured over crushed ice and filled to the brim with gin. The Swizzle #16 mixes Scofflaw's Old Tom Gin, Atxa Vino Vermouth Blanco, grenadine, lime, creole bitters and mint for an sour but fruity cocktail. $9. —EA

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Logan Square

Kent at Billy Sunday

Alongside a list of house cocktails lies a list of draft cocktails that are always reliable at Billy Sunday (but aren't all the cocktails reliable at Billy Sunday?). The Kent stands out with a strong gin back from Navy Strength gin, cinchona bark, lemongrass, allspice and citrus. $11. —EA

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Logan Square
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Summer Hooch at Band of Bohemia

This brightly colored cocktail's name is ridiculously fitting. If sold in larger quantities, we're positive we could drink plenty of it. Fords Gin creates a nice base for Nikolaihof elderflower syrup, lemongrass, pea flower tea and lemon, perfect for warm days. $10. —EA

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Lincoln Square

Bramble at Revel Room

You might not think to order a bramble when out at Revel Room in Wicker Park, but why not? This version of the gin-based cocktail does not disappoint, and the addition of St. George raspberry liqueur gives the refreshing drink even more life. It makes for a lovely pick-me-up on a summer afternoon. $8. —Laura Rote

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Wicker Park
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Strawberry Smash at Appellation

Sitting in the airy bar of Appellation on a bright day calls for a refreshing cocktail. The Strawberry Smash fits the bill—bits of strawberries float around this fruity whiskey drink with Bulleit Rye, lemon and Barritts ginger ale. $9. —EA

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Andersonville

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