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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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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

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

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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