Saffron-Infused Gin and Tonic

Summer Recipe Series ~ part 6

A Saffron Gin Tonic met me under the moonlight at the end of a pool in Marrakech one balmy evening. I fell in love with that land and its magic. And since then, saffron-infused gin and tonics have been my dreamy drink-of-choice, hands-down.

I adore saffron. Infused together with craft gin makes it absolutely medicinal, in that “can cure what ails you” kind of way, from depression to dry skin. It was also touted as an aphrodisiac in ancient Sanskrit texts — but don’t get me started. Being the world's most expensive spice, infusions are the way to go. This cocktail will take you on a trip along the Old Spice Route through India, the Arab world and last, but not least, the Old Silk Roads of Spain.

Our trips to India, Morocco and Spain are especially steeped in Saffron.

I would like to toast the end of summer with this intoxicatingly beautiful farewell drink. I hope it makes a particularly golden impression on your last week of August. 

I'm off to Greece next week. "Islands are us" for the month of September - Mykonos, Naxos and her smaller, lesser-known islands; and then off to Sicily's Aeolian Islands, Salina in particular. 

Stay tuned for more recipe love. You will now hear from us twice a month instead of once a week. I must say that I have enjoyed hearing from so many of you saying that you have enjoyed these recipes. Let us know what you would like more of. You can always hit reply and just say hello.

May your days be filled with deliciousness! Cook at home and feed each other. When you are ready to travel for a "taste of place", reach out! We will be waiting for you.

Salud and saffron kisses,

XOX  Peggy Markel

Salud from Colorado!

2 oz Saffron-infused gin (instructions below)
2 oz tonic water, such as Fever-tree Premium Indian Tonic Water

Orange Bitters
Cardamom Bitters
Cardamom Pods
Orange or Lemon Slices


Start by infusing a 750ml bottle of premium gin with a good generous pinch of saffron threads and letting it sit overnight (or longer) until its bright yellow and fragrant.

When ready for an unforgettable G&T, place ice in a glass, add saffron-infused gin and top with tonic water.

If you want to get fancy, you can add a couple drops of orange and cardamom bitters and garnish with a cardamom pod and a slice of orange or lemon.

Enjoy! Crunchy, olive-oil potato chips make the perfect accompaniment. And while you sip this saffron treat, start planning your next Culinary Adventure with us.

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