Spiced Orange Saffron warm drink

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About:

When it’s cold and dark outside there is nothing better than to curl up on the sofa with a steaming hot drink to warm you from inside out. If you’re feeling virtuous this spicy drink is as good without alcohol. Perfect for those evenings with your loved ones. Catch over a cup of intensely citrusy drink with spiced aroma.

Health benefits:

Saffron is a popular spice and an expensive one too. It has long been used in traditional medicine around the world, and modern scientific study suggests that saffron could also have a role to play in fighting disease. The active constituents in saffron could help alleviate gastric problems, heart disease, insulin resistance, depression, premenstrual syndrome, insomnia and anxiety. Eating saffron also appears to help vision by retarding the degeneration of the retina that occurs with age.

Serves-2
Preparation time-15 minutes
Cooking time-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Orange Juice – 1 ½ cup (Freshly squeezed preferred)
  • Water- ½ cup
  • Cinnamon stick-1
  • Star anise-1
  • Cloves – 3
  • Saffron strands-generous pinch
  • Maple syrup-as sweet desired
  • Lemon juice-2-3tbsp

Procedure:

  • Soak saffron in 2 tbsp hot water and keep aside for 10-15 minutes
  • Combine water, star anise, cinnamon stick, Cloves in a saucepan and simmer for 10-15 minutes on a medium high heat.
  • Turn off the flame and then add in lemon juice, maple syrup, and soaked saffron stir well

Serve Warm.

Or

  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours/until chill and enjoy cold.

Note:

  • Honey/agave nectar/sugar can be used alternatively to maple syrup.

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About Chitra Jagadish

My passion is Cooking & love exploring healthy recipes. This blog is all about sharing 'Recipes for Healthy living', which are my experiments at home.

Posted on November 30, 2014, in Juices/Beverages. Bookmark the permalink. 51 Comments.

  1. Oh my! Makes me feel better just looking at the picture. Love oranges. Love saffron. Can’t go wrong! 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on Dispensable Thoughts and commented:
    Oh my! Makes me feel better just looking at the picture. Love oranges. Love saffron. Can’t go wrong! 🙂

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  3. Sounds delicious and very warming. If you did add alcohol, what kind would you add?

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  4. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

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  5. Sounds great for cold evenings!

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  6. I only need the star anise to make this. Sounds wonderful!!!

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  7. This sounds yummy! 🙂 Very unusual but sounds delicious!

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  8. Oh how interesting. This sounds really lovely for a cold day. Hugs.

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  9. One glass for me please…….I can’t resist myself to have one……… 🙂

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  10. Saffron in orange juice what a nice thought:-)

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  11. Hi Chitra, you don’t seem to have included the links to the posts before and after yours in the potluck in your post. Please grab the Vegan Virtual Potluck buttons from here: http://virtualveganpotluck.com/resources/

    Then please link them to the blog before yours: http://foodsforlonglife.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/chia-hachiya-vegan-eggnog-2014-virtual.html
    And after yours: http://tiaskitchen.com/vegan-eggnog/

    If you could add this as soon as you can it would be great, so that the link of the potluck doesn’t get broken. Any questions drop me an email.

    Thanks,
    Keely

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  12. Chitra, what a beautiful drink! I’m so glad that you shared it with us at the Potluck!

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  13. Looks very warm, yummy and comforting!

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  14. Parsley In My Teeth

    Such a beauty of a drink! Love this!

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  15. Chitra, this looks amazing! Happy belated VVP!

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  16. This drink sounds very healing indeed. I love the lovely rich orange that safran adds to it. 🙂

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  17. I’m always looking for something special and warm to drink during the winter! This sounds delish (and different!)

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