Saffron Simple Syrup

I am so excited to share this recipe with you for a variety of reasons!



  • Sugar 1 cup

  • Water 1 cup

  • Saffron 15 threads

  • Substitute 3/4 c honey for sugar, if desired


  • Take equal parts water and sugar (depending on how much simple syrup you’d like to make).  Place 15 strands of saffron (a teeny tiny pinch) into the water and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes.  The longer it sits, the more intense of a flavor you get.  Mix the saffron water and sugar in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil.  Once it’s boiling turn off the heat.   
  • Another option is to do the same thing as above, but when it comes time to add in the sugar, don’t! Use ¾ cup of honey instead.  Do everything else the same.     
  • From here, you can get really creative! My personal favorite on a Friday afternoon is the Whiskey SmashIf you don’t have a muddler (Order HERE!) . 1 lemon, quartered 7 medium or large mint leaves 1 ounce saffron simple syrup 2 ounces bourbon Muddle 3 of the lemon quarters in the bottom of a cocktail shaker (about 10 or so strong muddles). Add mint leaves and muddle a few more times. Add the bourbon and simple syrup. Fill shaker with at least six ice cubes and shake for about 15 seconds (Find Shakers HERE!)Strain into a glass with (one big cube of) ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint (or in my case, I like to add a lime with a delicate sprinkle of saffron threads).

Yields: 1 serving

Garnish: pinch of saffron and ½ of lime