I was recently given a challenge by a colleague at Garden & Gun to create a cocktail based on a bourbon bramble that the actor Andy Samberg said was his favorite. I’ve been a bartender for five years, so I’m always looking for new drinks to concoct. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources: history, art, music, and food. I grew up in a large family in Marion, South Carolina, and family reunions were always big events, full of some of the most delicious home-cooked Southern fare you could imagine, including some of the best desserts. One of my favorites was peach and blueberry crisp.
While at a small dinner gathering hosted by a friend in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, I was making frozen piña coladas to beat the Lowcountry heat for everyone as our hostess assembled a peach and blueberry crisp for after dinner. The moment I had the first forkful of that crisp following our meal, it sparked the Southern dessert–inspired cocktail you see here: Bramble Crisp. I bet Andy Samberg would love it.