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Apr 14, 2011 05:20 PM

saffron syrup

Bought a bottle of this amber stuff at The Spanish Table. What should I do with it?

I keep thinking cocktails, but haven't figured out what mixes with saffron.

I've tried throwing it into cornbread, which was good. And I just had a great saffron-almond biscotti.

Rice pudding?

Any ideas?

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  1. ice cream.

    I keep thinking gin, either a dry martini or a sour.

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    1. re: jaykayen

      I don't have any gin, but that's a good idea.

      I do have fresh milk (from a farm) and will try a little saffron shake and report back. Thanks!

      1. In a hot cup of tea
        On poundcake
        Drizzled over chocolate syrup
        In cocktails
        I love it on grilled fruit
        Cold rice salads (as part of the dressing)
        As a dip for shrimp cocktail

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        1. re: HillJ

          Poundcake sounds wonderful but won't make my health coach happy.

          Grilled fruit is a great idea; will be sure to save some for apricot and peach season.

          I think it's too sweet for shrimp but maybe if I cut it with lemon or lime and chiles....Thanks for the ideas.

          1. re: Windy

            Oh I wrote that in such short hand, I really didn't offer much explanation did I.

            On the shrimp I meant to explain that I add the syrup to cocktail sauce. It does impart a sweetness but I like the chili/sweet combo.

            Apricots and peaches would be great grilled with the simple syrup. I love it on grilled pineapple and mangos.

            1. re: HillJ

              I'll fool around with cocktail sauces and spicy dips and report back. I wish it didn't have such a high sugar content, but the saffron is just lovely.

              Still working out the saffron cocktails. Paella in a glass?

              1. re: Windy

                Sounds good!


                Here's a few cocktail recipes I enjoy. Vodka infused w/saffron!

                1. re: HillJ

                  What a great list: I can't wait to try my first hard mango lassi. I had forgotten the amazing saffron lassis I used to get at a nearby Indian restaurant.

                  Paella in a glass will have to wait.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I haven't tried as many of these as I'd like--still waiting for peach season.

                    The best thing I've made with saffron syrup so far was soda. Soda water, fresh lime, and saffron syrup: a refreshing quasi-Indian soft drink. Also a beautiful golden color.

                    Lime is the ideal counterpoint. Will remember that when I get to chile cocktail sauce.

                    Saffron syrup and milk was good, but not award winning. And it vanished into polenta without a trace. Corn bread slightly better.

          2. i'm thinking some combination of yogurt (plain or vanilla), spiced poached apricots, and toasted (or candied) nuts...

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              That sounds awfully good even without the added syrup. And it's almost apricot season.

              A favorite Middle Eastern cafe serves a seasonal fruit salad with nuts and tart yogurt; in fall it has apples and pomegranate seeds and dates.

              1. re: Windy

                aren't you in SF? apricots are showing up *now* at the farmers markets here in LA, so you should be able to get them too.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Yes, any day now; I haven't had any local apricots yet, just a lot of cherries. Blenheims are usually end of June-July.

                  It's been such a cold, wet spring though. (Probably why the basil was bitter.)

              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Bingo! Brown cow plain yogurt, a sliced apricot, walnuts, drizzled with saffron syrup.

                Prep time: 45 seconds and good enough to serve to company. (I might toast the nuts and poach the apricots then.)