Friday Foraged Recipe #8 | Burns Night Whisky Sour with Gorse Flower Syrup

This weeks friday forage was a family affair and our prettiest to boot, with gorse flowers being our most reliable forage throughout the seasons we thought it was about time we brought a spot of sunshine to make a winter warmer timed to perfection.
With burns night creeping up on us this sunday we brewed up a gorse flower syrup to use as a cheeky ingredient to add to our scotch whisky sours. Here's how we did it and how you can too...

Gorse flower syrup

Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 2 small bottles

500ml of water
500g of sugar
grated peel of 1 orange
squeeze of lemon juice
2 handfuls of gorse flowers
(you can add 1/4 tsp of citric acid as a preservative if you want it to last longer)

Put the sugar and water into a saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves, keep stirring to prevent the sugar from sticking.

Add the gorse flowers, lemon juice and orange peel and boil for 10 minutes to reduce the liquid, the longer you boil it the thicker it becomes.

Strain liquid through a sterilised muslin cloth to remove the petals and fruit and pour through a funnel into sterilised bottles, the syrup should keep for 4 weeks in the fridge.

Whilst you're at why not try a gorse flower cordial too (it would be rude not to!)

Gorse flower cordial

Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 1 large bottle

1 litre of water
300g of sugar
juice of 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
2 handfuls of gorse flowers

Same as above

Laden down with our basket of sweetness, we headed to the hills to kick back and enjoy our whiskey sour al fresco. Have a go it really is easy (squeezy) peasy...

5 tbsp whisky
1/2 cup of gorse flower cordial (or lemon juice)
1 tbsp of gorse flower syrup
squeeze of lemon juice
sprig of rosemary to garnish
ice (ours melted on the way up the hill - note to self bring ice box next time!)

Add all the ingredients (apart from the lemon juice and rosemary) to a cocktail shaker and give it a shake, then stir in the lemon juice and pour over ice and finish with a sprig of rosemary....happy burns night to you : )

Psssssssst you don't have to keep it a secret, let the small humans enjoy it too by adding the syrup to porridge or pouring over icecream...we will be making jelly with ours so watch out for that!