Thorny Forest Cocktail

25th May 2023

Thorny Forest Cocktail Glass of Bubbly

When strolling through the forest, if you’re not careful, you may end up being twisted around by the distant sounds of breaking twigs and howling winds, walking right into the fantasy forest of witches, elves, orcs and fairies, where what’s up is now down and what you think you see may never appear.

This Cocktail takes part of the forest and notes of the bizarre to help craft Glass of Bubbly’s original Thorny Forest Cocktail.

The Sparkling Wine – Martinčič

The Martinčič family vineyard’s wine and cane growing farm is located in Šmalčja Vas near Šentjernej in the beautiful wine country of Slovenia.

Going back more than one hundred years, their ancestors planted the first vineyard and realized that the Dolenjska soil and sky gives the vine a special home, allowing the winemaker to create their Wine and Sparkling Wines.

Their farm is open to the public, for visits and tastings, you can tour their cellar where their award-winning wines and Sparkling Wines mature, they can welcome up to 50 people at a time.

The name for their Quattro Momenti Sparkling Wine was gifted to the Sparkling Wine by their four girls, containing all the poetry of their vineyards.

Martinčič – Quattro Momenti – Extra Brut – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Calming aroma of almond, apricots, green apples and white floral on the aroma, it warmly wraps itself around you and divinely welcomes you in.”

Flavour – “Crisp dry green fruity characters, with herbal notes and a white floral touch, this Sparkling Wine would pair very nicely with cheese and various slices of meat.”

Silver Medal in the Meditation Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022

The Bramble – Wild Thyme Spirits

In August 2016, husband and wife team, Finlay and Eileen Geekie, packed up all their worldly possessions, leaving behind their home of Oxfordshire, where they’d lived for over 30 years and moved to the island of Colonsay where they now live and work building Wild Thyme Spirits.

The ancient Scots observed a ‘sacred tree’ calendar of which the bramble vine was the ‘tree’ that represented the month of Muin, of September as it is known today, that month being when the fruits were gathered. The fruit’s medicinal properties go back more than 200 years, also history reveals the Greeks and Romans used not only the fruits but also the leaves, bark and roots for healing numerous health conditions ranging from mild infections to venomous bites. During the 18th century, the Greek cure using bramble for treating gout was so influential in Europe that the bramble was famously known as the ‘gout berry’.

They use the finest brambles that they could find, hand-foraging as many as they can from the island hedgerows.

Colonsay Bramble – Tasting Notes – “Rich red berries and red fruits, with blackberries, darker cherries, figs, prunes, tart-like red and blackcurrants, plus more sweet natural goodness.”

Cocktail – Thorny Forest


  • Sparkling Wine
  • Bramble
  • Redcurrants
  • Turmeric

How To Make The Thorny Forest Cocktail

  • 20mls of Bramble
  • Top up with Sparkling Wine
  • Drop in a healthy amount of Redcurrants
  • Sprinkle with Turmeric

Thorny Forest Cocktail Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Redcurrants and turmeric with tart-like blackberries and red berries on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Sweet, tart-like redcurrants, red berries and blackcurrants from the Bramble, and delicate crisp green fruits and wild floral by the Sparkling Wine, all sprinkled with turmeric giving the experiences an interesting confusion, we’re switching between sweetness and savoury, liquid and powder, but neither contracts nor overpowers, it’s like Romeo and Juliet, they are kept apart but great together.”

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.