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Lemon barley water

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Lemon barley water

This is the perfect refreshing summer drink. Once you've tried the homemade version, you'll never return to a commerical brand.


  • 500 gram packet barley
  • 3 litres water
  • finely grated rind and juice of 6 lemons
  • about a cup of sugar or more to taste


  1. Place the barley in a strainer and pour boiling water on top to scald the barley. This will help keep the barley water a good clear colour.
  2. Bring the barley and water to the boil and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove it from the heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Carefully strain through a muslin-lined stainer into a jug and stir in the sugar. Allow to stand for about 4 hours and then strain off again to achieve a clearer liquid. Stir in the lemon rind and juice and then make up to 2 litres with iced water.
  4. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a glass jug and tall glasses, with ice and lemon slices.

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