saffron tea recipe and its benefits
saffron tea recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course drink
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings servings
Calories 22.0 kcal
Written by Vahid Epagloo, Food Consultant Updated:


How to make

  1. Boil the water in a kettle.
  2. Add a small pinch of saffron (about 20 long threads) in a small teapot for 2. If using ginger, now’s the time to drop a couple of slices in. The size won’t matter.
  3. When the water has boiled, count to ten, then pour it over the saffron. We let the water cool ever so slightly to ensure that we don’t lose all the essential oil off the saffron, with the steam. Steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain, and sweeten as desired. If adding lemon slices, now’s the time to drop them in.
  5. If you like, you can get another round of tea with the used threads. It won’t be as strong as the first cup, but will still be delicious. Just repeat the process with freshly boiled water.


  • Infusing saffron in ice can reduce the time of coloring.
  • Can be served with cookies.

Saffron tea is served both cold and hot, and each of them has a great taste. As the most expensive spice in the world, saffron is actually the stigmas in the middle of its flower.

According to the properties and benefits that can be listed for saffron, experts in nutrition and traditional medicine have recommended its use in different ways. An example of the most delicious and aromatic of them is saffron tea. This special aromatic drink has unique benefits and can make your day.

Different ways to make saffron tea

You can prepare and serve this magical drink with different recipes that we will present below. You can drink this fragrant tea in the morning to start a unique day or fill your afternoon with its aroma.

You can search for different instructions to prepare saffron tea, here we will give a summary of them.

The simple way

You can use saffron strands to prepare tea, in this case, two or three strands are enough, but some suggest that first make saffron powder to have a better color and aroma, and then use a pinch of it for the tea.

Whether you use it as string or powder is up to you, you could make a beverage drink. If you still want to have a tea with more color, you can brew saffron with a little ice and then add it to the saffron tea recipe.

Put two and a half glasses of water on the heat until it boils, then reduce the heat and add two or three strands or a quarter of a teaspoon saffron to it. About two minutes is enough to brew this tea, at the end you can add honey or sugar along with a few drops of fresh lemon juice.

If you are interested in herbal ingredients, you can add some cinnamon, cardamom, mint leaves and fresh ginger to your saffron tea. These additions are completely optional and depend on your taste, but in my opinion, you should add cinnamon to your tea, this combination will make your unique tea taste dreamy. It is better to add them together with saffron and let them brew for a better taste.

Add a little bit of spice

Some recipes recommend adding black, green or white tea to this mixture. You can also brew saffron in masala tea. Meanwhile, white tea is more recommended because it has a more delicate taste and it increase the centrality of the pleasant aroma of saffron.

If you want to multiply the aroma of this tea, add some rosemary leaves.
If you want to drink and serve saffron tea on a hot summer day, after brewing it with any of the above desired additives, let it come to room temperature, then put some ice cubes in the glass and fill your glass with saffron tea. In this way you can serve your aromatic and hearty drink, cold.
It is possible to store saffron tea in the freezer for a week.

saffron tea health benefits

Saffron tea benefits

Saffron has unique properties and benefits, actually saffron tea has all these benefits. The first and the most confirmed property of this magical spice is its mood improvement and anti-depressant. For this reason, it has been stated in various magazines that if you drink this tea in the morning, you will start the day energetic and happy, and if you drink it in the evening or at night, you will experience a calm and stress-free time.

Drinking saffron tea can have positive effects on brain cells and learning. It is said that saffron has anti-cancer properties and is also able to improve the cardiovascular system functioning.
In some recommendations of nutritionists, drinking saffron tea after meals is considered very useful for weight loss and slimming. In some tested samples, people who were overweight and obese and used saffron tea after meals in their diet got a better response.

The useful amount of saffron tea

Specialists and doctors admit that 30 mg of saffron per day can bring its properties to the body. You may consume more than this amount in your meals and drinks in a day, don’t worry because up to 1.5 grams of saffron during a day is not harmful. Be careful if you are pregnant, especially in the first three months, avoid using it. It should be noted that some experts recommend consuming saffron under the supervision of a doctor after passing the first trimester of pregnancy, this issue can help you have a comfortable confinement.

In order to consider an approximate amount of saffron tea, one teaspoon contains approximately 700 milligrams of saffron, so use a quarter teaspoon for four cups of tea.
Also, by serving and consuming this drink, your body will receive the unique properties and benefits of saffron. You can make your tea with the best and highest quality Iranian saffron by ordering it from Queen of Flowers.


Drinking tea in family and friendly gatherings is one of the customs that has fans all over the world. If you want to give this ceremony a different aroma and color, try saffron tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can saffron tea serve cold?

Yes, you can let your drink to come to the room temperature, pour it into a glass with ice and serve it cold.

Does it have to be prepared saffron in a special way to make the saffron tea?

No, you can brew it with ice, grind it into powder, or add it to boiling water as stings.