Go Gorse & Conker | A wild cocktail by James Fowler, The Larder House

Sep 7, 2016 | Foraging And Feasting, Forage And Feast, Guest Experts Posts, Wild Food Recipies, Wild Drinks

With feasting on the forefront of our mind now our September feast is only days away.  However we thought we would share a little clever cocktail we enjoyed at our Spring feast. Foraging for Gorse is always a prickly affair.  On the other hand, oh so worth it when you get rewarded with something as scrumptious as this for your efforts.

gorse bush

The heath is stunning in spring time bursting with gorse.  Which spreads like sunshine even on a cloudy day.  In September, at the end of the summer, the peninsula is so serene and the heather creates a colourful carpet dividing the land and the sea. Furthermore we can’t wait to show you how this wild edible will be used in our September Feast this weekend.

basket gorse

bounty land rover

On this occasion it took us no time to collect what we needed for the feast and table. Besides with the landy full of our gorse bounty we headed back to base, our sweet little pavilion by the sea. Where James from The Larder House was on hand to stir us up a storm.  So the feast begun all the more merry with a sparkling wild gorse cocktail in hand! Here’s a sneaky peak of James in action and the wild gorse cocktail recipe so you can go gorse and conker too!

james larder prepare

Go gorse and conker cocktail

lime squeezer

conker gin

champers gorse cocktail

james cocktail glasses


Camomile Cointreau 15 ml

Conker gin 45 ml

Sugar syrup 10 ml

Lime juice 20 ml

Lime bay fizz sparkling wine 50 ml

Gorse petals

james glasses pavillion

If you’ve missed out on our wild gorse cocktails and foraged feasts throughout the year.  Don’t despair!  You can get your hands on some of this good stuff too.  Our next foraged feast is this Friday on September 9th and we still have a few spots left. The event includes a scrumptious 3 course meal with wine & spirits.   As well as a wild cocktail masterclass and a foraging walk in a stunningly unique secret setting.  Only £70pp, to book your seat head over to our bookings page .

If this date doesn’t suit you how about joining our next ‘nature-escape’ retreat in October.   Where you get all this and so much more in one weekend to truely immerse yourself in nature. The cost of the weekend retreat is £485pp with accommodation from £75-£100 per room per night. *With special thanks to the ever lovely Sarah Lou Francis for the photography

Pssssst…If this wild gorse cocktail took your fancy.   Have a look at our burns night whisky sour with gorse syrup recipe.

Learn More & Book Your Forage & Feast Seat Here



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