There is so much to look forward to during the warmer summer months including sunshine, weekends spent poolside and road trips with family and friends, but one of our favorite things to do during summer is head outside into the great outdoors for a backyard BBQ with family, friends and neighbors. Here are some of our favorite saffron food and beverage recipes perfect for the summer season.
Summer of Saffron: Beverage Recipes
Mule It Over
No need to mule it over, kick off the summer weekend with a classic summer cocktail with a light and refreshing Moscow Mule. Made with ginger beer, vodka, a splash of lime, a sprig of saffron and garnished with a fresh mint leaf, this drink is super simple to make and even better to enjoy. Cheers to the summer of saffron with a homemade “Mule It Over.”
Keep cool during the dog days of summer with a pitcher or two of this Saffron Cooler from Food & Wine. Perfect for a backyard BBQ or summertime cookout, this summertime drink pairs perfectly with a bowl of salted snacks like these Roasted Walnuts and Pecans tossed in a deliciously addictive combination of Rumi Spice blends.
Nothing says summertime like an ice cold glass of lemonade. Elevate your traditional summertime lemonade recipe and add some saffron for an added touch of summertime flavor with this original recipe for Saffron Lemonade.
Simple Saffron Syrup
Saffron Simple Syrup is extremely versatile and will add an exotic touch to any summertime cocktail. Get outside your culinary comfort zone and drizzle Simple Saffron Syrup over your favorite snacks or treats like cheese and crackers or a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Yum!
Sparkling Saffron Cocktail
Ditch the morning mimosas and bellinis for a Sparkling Saffron Cocktail. Made with ingredients like cardamom, cava, grapefruit, rosewater and saffron, this sparkling cocktail is the perfect addition to summertime graduation parties, bridal showers and baby showers. Cheers!
Summer of Saffron: Food Recipes
Bastani - Persian Saffron Ice Cream
Nothing says summertime like a bowl of ice cream. Try something new this season with this recipe for Bastani, Persian Saffron Ice Cream. This Persian delicacy is a sweet treat that pairs perfectly with any summertime meal.
Grilled Chicken Wings with Rumi Spice Afghan Curry Braise
Grab some chicken wings and get your grill on with this summertime recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings spiced with our Afghan Curry Braise. Enjoy as an outdoor appetizer before you dine al fresco or make it a complete meal with your favorite summer sides like a summertime salad made with fresh farmers market vegetables.
Grilled Saffron Rack of Lamb
Upgrade your grilling game and go big with this recipe for a Grilled Saffron Rack of Lamb by Bon Appetit. Although this recipe requires the lamb to be marinated overnight, it’s well worth the wait. Your guests (and their stomachs) will be asking for seconds!
The summertime season is all about backyard grilling, which means hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Take your backyard burgers to the next level and ditch the classic condiments of ketchup and mustard and whip up a batch of Saffron Mayonnaise instead. Slather a spoonful on a toasted hamburger bun and enjoy the fresh taste on a summertime classic.
Vegetable Kabobs with Saffron Butter
Keep summertime meals fun with this delicious recipe for Vegetable Kabobs with Saffron Butter. Swing by the local community farmers market and pick up some fresh bell peppers, corn on the cob, onions and zucchini. Whether you make these as a meal or a side dish, these vegetable kabobs are a perfect addition to any summertime menu.
The next time you are planning a summer meal, make sure you incorporate some saffron using these summer of saffron recipes.