A traditional summer cooler from India—a lemonade infused with green cardamom and saffron, served cold with fresh mint.


1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons green cardamom powder
8 strands, saffron


Step 1
Make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar and water over low heat. Stir occasionally to ensure that it does not burn. Simmer for a minute once the sugar is dissolved.

Step 2
Turn off the heat. Add the cardamom and saffron and cool completely.

Step 3
Pour in the lemon juice and stir to mix.

Step 4
Strain and store in a sterilized bottle in the refrigerator.

Step 5
To make the lemonade, pour 3 tbsp. of the concentrate in a glass. Muddle some mint leaves and sprinkle some salt. Add ice cubes and fill up with cold water. Stir and enjoy! I also like to drink this with a dash of vodka *wink.* If you’re a soda person, this works well with soda as well.