From Flower to Refreshing Drink: A step-by-step guide on how to make Gorse Cordial

With it finally starting to feel like summer, here's a refreshing drink recipe that you can forage for!

It's finally that time of year. As the sun finally begins to shine and the flowers bloom, summer truly feels right around the corner. To get us in the mood, lets spice things up with a bit of foraging to make some gorse cordial.

They say that "when gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season". Thankfully the flower is in bloom almost all year round. These bright yellow flowers are also incredibly common and often overlooked. Whether you are out on a nature walk or driving on a country road, you’ve likely noticed them on more than one occasion without giving it much thought. Luckily, for this recipe you’ll be actively seeking these flowers out for yourself to create a refreshing drink infused with a hint of coconut flavour from the gorse petals, perfect for the warm weather.

Gorse at the Pentland Hills

However, there are some things you should consider before going on a gorse hunt. While gorse is related to the pea flowers you commonly see in gardens and allotments, it is a much hardier plant, with sharp leaves that will hurt no matter how carefully you try to pick them. Perhaps consider bringing some gloves or a small pair of scissors to help mitigate the damage to your hands. In addition, be careful as to where you picking gorse from, making sure that it isn’t on someone else’s land, in a dangerous place, or contaminated by pesticides. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, feel free to forage away.


1 cup of gorse flowers – approximately 250g worth 400ml cold water

75g sugar Juice from one lemon

Zest from one orange

Now that that we have the ingredients we need, let's go over the step by step process of how to make our gorse cordial.

Step 1

Pour 400ml of water and 75g of sugar into a large saucepan and mix. Boil the mix for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Place the gorse flowers, alongside the orange zest and lemon juice, into a heatproof bowl, large enough to contain the hot water from the pan.

Step 3

After the water and sugar have boiled together for 10 minutes, pour it over the gorse flowers, orange zest and lemon juice and allow it to cool for at least 6 hours.

Step 4

Once it has cooled, strain the liquid into a bottle or jar and store your cordial in the fridge.

And there you have it, a simple recipe that creates a refreshing, fragrant drink, perfect for a sunny day.

For more recipes like this one, check out the recipes section on the taste magazine website and stay tuned for more. Don't forget to let us know how you got on making the drink, photos always welcomed!

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