Though not up everyone's palate, I have always loved the taste of saffron. Saffron has been said to have several health benefits -from its antioxidant-like qualities to aiding insomnia. For cold nights, a cup of hot kesar milk is a delicious alternative to hot chocolate. Add 1 cup milk to pot and bring to a boil. Add 1 tsp saffron threads, and allow to simmer for several minutes. You can skip this last step, but it really brings out the saffron flavor and color. Pour into your favorite cup/mug. If serving to guests, I like to add a couple of threads on top to make it look a little brighter.