Safran Şerbeti (Saffron Cordial)

In Turkish culture, this flower, citrusy, sweet cordial is thought to have protective homes: If someone journeys on a flat path, it’s soaked the area to ward off the evil eye. Wonderful residential or commercial properties aside, this chilled, sunshine-yellow drink gets its hue from saffron threads; grinding them with sugar assists them liquify easily. If saving overnight, discard the lemon pieces, as they can turn the cordial a little bitter. Throughout Ottoman times, şerbeti made with saffron was commonplace at communal bathhouses referred to as hammam; nod to its roots by making this cordial part of a minute of self-care, or enjoy it anytime you require a rejuvenating drink.
Safran Serberti
Active ingredients
2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 pinch of saffron (15 to 20 strands, about 1/4teaspoon).

4 1/4 cups water.

.50 teaspoon ground ginger.

1 lemon, very finely sliced, plus more for serving.

1/3 cup honey.

Crush sugar and saffron using a mortar and pestle to a fine powder. Set aside.

Bring 4 1/4 cups water, ginger, and lemon pieces to a boil in a medium pan over high. Stir in saffron mix; let stand 10 minutes. Serve cordial cooled with lemon pieces.

Make Ahead.
Cordial can be refrigerated over night in an airtight container. Eliminate lemon slices after 4 hours, and reserve for serving, if desired.

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