Ginger Saffron Tea

"This recipe was emailed to me by Zamouri Spices. It is the site where I purchase Moroccan spices & smen. I have adjusted the recipe after the helpful review of 2Blue."
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Ready In:
4 cups




  • Peel the ginger and chop coarsely.
  • Pour the water into a pan, add honey, cinnamon stick, & chopped ginger, then bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low then add the saffron strands, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover, turn up heat slightly and leave for 5 additional minutes.
  • Strain the tea into cups and serve HOT.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I use saffron powder?


  1. This tea was lovely with a strong heat from the ginger and an intense saffron flavour. The sweetness of the honey (I used only 1 ts total and it was still sweet) complemented those two flavours very nicely. We also enjoyed the addition of cinnamon.<br/>THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your recipe here with us, Nasseh!<br/>Made and reviewed for the January Special in the Diabetic Forum 2011.
  2. Saffron was the reason I tried this tea, but I couldn't taste it at all.Even though I like ginger teas, I found it too overpowering here. I think if the quantities were to be adjusted it would be a really fantastic tea.Maybe just cut down on the ginger.It was fine either with or without honey.
  3. I take exception to the mis-leading statement a reviewer made; "honey becomes toxic when heated." People all over the world have cooked and baked using honey since before biblical times! Even though she may have added the honey after simmering, the honey became heated in her hot tea.
  4. I love spiced teas and infusions, and this is no exception. I didn't really notice the saffron, despite putting in a generous pinch, but enjoyed the flavours of cinnamon and ginger. I drink herbal tea with a cinnamon stick at home, and ginger tea at work, so this was a good combination of both! I omitted the honey, since I prefer my teas/infusions unsweetened, but I added some to a small glass for my DH, he however, didn't care for it. I finished it for him, but, not caring for honey, preferred mine without. A good tea to enjoy while getting on with housework, thank you, Nasseh! Made for PAC Fall 09
  5. I made this according to the directions except that I added the honey after simmering as honey can supposedly become toxic if it is heated. It was extremely spicy. I would suggest using less cinnamon somehow or and simmering for less time because it overpowered the flavour of saffron to the point that I could not taste it. It was hot and spicy like a tamale candy but not as sweet. I think mainly the cooking time has to be adjusted. Made for Ramadan Tag.


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