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Flowering currant cordial recipe


With 2,362 km square of national parkland, the Lake District is a good place to start foraging. Turn a good walk into a foraging adventure by slowing down, taking a pause and looking around you. Even if you start on a path you have taken many times before, with a foragers eye you will find so much more. Create a seasonal supermarket from your favourite trails picking nettles, elderflower, wild garlic and blackberries.

A way of life for our ancestors, foraging, does have its pitfalls. Avoid private land and make sure you know 100% what you pick and eat. If in doubt leave it behind.

Flowering currant

Making flowering currant cordial is a a good way to start a foraging journey. Finding the bright flowers isn’t difficult. They start to flower in mid-March and will go through until May. Found in parks and gardens across the country and are notable for their strong herbal sent and bright pink flowers. To make 1.5 litres of cordial, you will need about 30 flower heads.

A glass of flowering currant cordial outside The Living Space


  • In a large saucepan, pour 2 litres of water, 1 litre of caster or granulated sugar and half of the flowers (with all the leaves on).
  • Heat until the all the sugar has dissolved then bring it to boil before taking off the heat.
  • Strain out the flowers and pour the cordial into a glass jar and leave to cool.
  • In the meantime, fill a washing up bowl with cold water.
  • Give the remaining flowers a gentle swish around to loosen any dirt or bugs.
  • Remove the leaves, leaving only the pink flowers on the stem.
  • Lift the flowers out, gently shake and transfer to the cooled cordial.
  • Leave in the fridge for 24 hours to infuse and cool.
  • To dilute add 50ml of cordial into a glass and top with sparkling (or still) water and a dash of Grenadine.
  • Garnish with ice and mint.
A glass of flowering currant cordial
Flowering current cordial
Flowering current bush

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If you would rather not forage for your next drink, take off your walking boots and put your feed up in The Living Space where you will find an extensive gin list and selection of tonics, cocktails and cordials.

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