March 22, 2021

Saffron Citrus Cooler ~ Happy Spring!

Happy Spring Equinox my followers! 

This being my favorite time of year, I thought I'd share some lovely California poppies taken by my friend in the hills of Walnut Creek. This season brings so much hope of rebirth and renewal, which we all need after this long dark year we have just passed. 

Also, I want to share my delicious recipe for a refreshing spring mocktail! 

The Saffron Citrus Cooler is inspired by one of the most expensive spices on the planet. The plant is hand-harvested for each precious stigma of its flower, hence the price. (Saffron crocus is a fall bloomer with purple petals, yellow stamens, and a three-part red-orange stigma that becomes the saffron strands. It takes a delicate hand to separate the stigma from the plant and not damage it.) 

Fortunately, a little pinch of this spice goes a long way. The saffron spice provides innumerable health benefits with its antioxidants properties. Many of the health benefits, are not yet tested but well known to improve mood, libido, and sexual function, as well as reduced PMS symptoms. Whether you are making this mocktail for the health benefits or just for the delicious refreshing drink, you won't be disappointed. 


4 cups of water 
1/4 cup of honey 
1/4 cup of maple syrup 
3/4 cup of fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice 
3/4 cup of orange juice 
1/2 teaspoon of saffron threads


In a saucepan combine 2 cups of water and honey on low heat. Stirring until the honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and add saffron threads. Now set aside for 30 minutes while saffron threads steep in warm water.

In a pitcher stir in 2 cups of water, maple syrup, lemon, lime, and orange juices.  Once the saffron mixture has set, the liquid will be a vibrant yellow and can be added to the pitcher mixture. 

Serve your Saffron Citrus Cooler in an ice-filled glass with an orange wedge! 

Pitcher serves more than 6 glasses. 

Cheers to your health and wellbeing! 

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