Years ago, on my first trip to India, I had the most beautiful tea of Saffron and spices. I still make that often, but it is also very nice to pare the tea back and make an infusion with only saffron, or with saffron and rose buds. It is an amazingly relaxing tea which can be consumed hot or chilled.
While this is commonly called a Persian recipe it is also found all through India which is not surprising given the attention to spices in that sub continent. We prefer saffron from Saffron Only – it is excellent quality with long threads. (I love this saffron, and do not receive any remuneration for mentioning them.)
Persian Love Tea | Saffron Tea
Using good saffron, take 10 long saffron threads per 4 cups of boiling water. Add 4 or 5 rosebuds per 4 cups. Allow to infuse for 5 minutes, strain and enjoy. It can be sweetened with honey, sugar or Persian rock sugar.
recipe notes and alternatives
Persian Borage flowers, mint and/or a little of your favourite tea can also be added.