LIME WATER WITH SAFFRON AND CARDAMOM
This twist on traditional Limboo Paani has a lovely golden color from the saffron. You only require the skins of the green cardamom pods. Reserve the seeds for something else.
• Juice of three limes
• 4-6 strands saffron crumbled
• Skins of 8 green cardamom pods (optional)
• 1 cup sugar with 1/4 teaspoon kitchen salt (the salt is optional)
• 600 ml cold club soda or chilled water
For the sugar syrup heat sugar, cardamom skins, salt and 2 cups water in a small skillet on a medium flame. Reduce to half its volume but do not caramelize. Cool completely and strain. Discard cardamom skins.
Add lime juice, saffron and stir well. Cover and chill 3-4 hours or overnight.
Fill 4 high ball glasses or 6 low ball glasses with 3-4 large cubes of ice and divide the lime saffron mixture equally. Top up with cold water or club soda. Stir and serve immediately.