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Saffron and Rose Infused Lemonade

Saffron and Rose Infused Lemonade is a refreshing summer beverage.  This delicious homemade lemonade is the best thirst quencher.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Fusion
Keyword Best Lemonade, Easy lemonade, Fresh squeezed lemonade, Homemade lemonade, Instantpot lemonade, lemonade with saffron, Persian Lemonade, Rose lemonade, Summer fresh lemonade
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 210kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

MAKE SIMPLE SUGAR SYRUP ON STOVE TOP

  • Place sugar, saffron, crushed cardamom seeds and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Let it cool down. Add the rose water and pinch of salt. Pour the syrup into a glass mason jar and store it in the refrigerator.  It’s best to chill it completely before making the lemonade.

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE SIMPLE SUGAR SYRUP IN INSTANTPOT :

  • Add sugar, saffron and water to the pressure cooker pot and whisk to combine. Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position.  Cook at high pressure for 1 minute. When cooking is complete, use a quick release.

TO MAKE THE LEMONADE

  • To make a full batch of Lemonade, fill a pitcher with 4 cups of cold water and lots of crushed ice.  Add the lemon juice and chilled saffron simple syrup. Stir well to combine. Serve cold. To make smaller, individualized portions, add 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice and saffron sugar syrup to 1 cup of ice water.  Taste and add more syrup or water to adjust the taste. Enjoy!

Notes

I prefer to add fresh lemon juice after the simple syrup is boiled and cooled. It adds instant freshness and reduces bitter aftertaste.
I highly recommend you make the flavored sugar syrup a day in advance. Overnight infusion helps build the robust flavors.
You can also make a big batch of concentrated syrup and freeze it for later use. Freeze it in ice cubes so it's easier to defrost and make a quick drink.
Since saffron, rose and cardamom are all strong flavors, using a little goes long way. It however creates a complex flavorful lemonade that is refreshing and intriguing all at once.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Sodium: 49mg | Sugar: 52g