saffron syrup recipe 藏红花糖浆食谱

Saffron syrup, also known as “sharbat-e zafarani”, is a delightful and aromatic sweetener that can be added to various beverages and desserts. It captures the luxurious essence of saffron, giving a royal touch to whatever it’s added to. Here’s how to prepare it:

  • A pinch of saffron (about 20-30 strands)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice (optional, for preserving the color and freshness)
  • 1 tsp rose water (optional)


Saffron Infusion: First, grind the saffron strands using a mortar and pestle into a fine powder to maximize the flavor extraction. You can also use a pinch of sugar while grinding to make the process easier. Add 2 tablespoons of hot water to the powdered saffron and let it sit for about 10 minutes to infuse.

Syrup Preparation: In a saucepan, combine the sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Place it on medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar completely dissolves.

Add Saffron: Once the sugar is dissolved and the solution begins to simmer, add the saffron infusion and the lemon juice. Let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

Cool and Store: Remove from heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the saffron syrup to a clean, airtight bottle or jar. Store it in a cool and dark place.

Usage: You can use saffron syrup in drinks like lemonade, tea, or cocktails to add a sweet and luxurious saffron flavor.

It’s also a great drizzle for desserts like ice cream, pancakes, or cakes.