The legend of Kashmir

Kahwah infused rum cocktail (4 servings)

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

The first time I drank Kahwah was when I was on vacation in the beautiful Leh Ladakh in India. Kahwah originates in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Kashmir region and is a warm breakfast beverage.

This drink made from saffron and spices just warmed my soul. It’s great to have on a cold, snowy winter day. This cocktail inspired from this drink though can be had whenever!! It just brings back memories from my travel. I call this cocktail the ‘Legend of Kashmir’ in memory of this beautiful drink from the region.


  • 2 p Spiced dark rum
  • 1 p Honey
  • 12 Saffron strands
  • 3 Cardamom pods
  • 5 Cloves
  • 1 Inch cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoon Darjeeling tea leaves/Kashmiri green tea leaves
  • 3 Cups water
  • Ice cubes


Bring water to a boil in a kettle. Add the saffron, cloves, cinnamon & cardamom in a tea infuser and let drop in the water as it boils. Keep boiling for a couple minutes. Now turn off the heat add the tea leaves to the infuser and place in the water.

Let the saffron, tea and spices infuse into the water for a few minutes. The tea should be a beautiful dark golden-ish honey color. Now allow the tea to cool to room temperature.

In a glass add 1p honey, 2p rum and pour tea.
Stir well.

Slowly add 2-3 ice cubes and top off with a few strands of saffron.

The Legend of Kashmir is ready to drink!!

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