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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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
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
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
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