Classic barley water

Classic barley water

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Makes
500ml
Photographer
Mowie Kay

For years lemon or orange barley made me think of a very particular brand of cordial, purely because of its long-standing association with Wimbledon’s ball boys. However, barley water is good when made at home. It’s useful for anyone – child or adult – who needs very gentle nutrition.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
50g pearl barley
1 lemon or orange, Pared zest
500ml boiling water
1 tablespoon runny honey or sugar

Method

  1. Wash the barley, then put in a saucepan with the pared zest. Cover with cold water, bring to the boil and boil for 3 minutes – this will help remove any bitterness from both the barley and the zest. Strain and put the barley and zest into a jug. Cover with the boiling water, then stir in the honey or sugar until dissolved. Leave to infuse until the water has cooled down, then strain, discarding the barley and zest. Keep in the refrigerator.
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