How to Make Saffron Lemonade

Serves: 2-4


  • 2 whole lemons
  • 4 tsp raw sugar
  • 2 pinches saffron
  • 2 cups water


  1. Prepare the Saffron: Place the saffron on a plate and hold it over boiling water for a few minutes.
  2. Grind the Saffron: Use a mortar and pestle to grind the saffron.
  3. Soak the Saffron: Add two tablespoons of warm water to the ground saffron and let it soak.
  4. Brew the Saffron: Allow the saffron to brew for at least ten minutes (you can wait for up to 24 hours).
  5. Mix the Ingredients: Add sugar to the saffron water and stir until it dissolves.
  6. Add Lemon and Water: Squeeze the lemon into a glass, add the saffron mixture, and then pour in the water.
  7. Serve: Enjoy your refreshing saffron lemonade.

This Ayurvedic Recipe:

Cools the Skin

Lemon is known for its ability to cool the body by opening pores and promoting sweating, which releases heat. Saffron is a diaphoretic which complements this cooling effect.

Gently Detoxifies

Saffron Lemonade aids the body’s natural detoxification process. It contains antioxidants and carotenoids. It helps to remove ama (metabolic and emotional buildup of waste and undigested material), making you feel lighter and more refreshed.

Cools Your Mind

Saffron helps to maintain calm, improve mood, restore strength and vitality, and is said to be an aphrodisiac.

Ayurvedic Benefits

Saffron Lemonade is beneficial for balancing all three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.


Source: Joyful Belly Ayurveda