Bring the water to a boil in a pot.
Add in the saffron, cardamom pods, ginger, and cinnamon sticks. Reduce to a simmer and allow them to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
Add in the lemon slices and simmer for another 3 minutes. If adding milk, whisk it in now.
Remove the cardamom pods, ginger, lemon & cinnamon sticks. Pour into small mugs. If adding honey or sugar, add to taste.
Tip: You will get some natural sweetness from the cinnamon sticks. Give your tea a taste before adding honey or sugar.