Old Fashioned Lemon (Citrus) Barley Water

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Mandy

I love this drink so couldn't believe it when I saw it wasn't on Zaar. This is from the back of a packet of Pearl Barley. You can also experiment with a mixture of other citrus juices such as lime or grapefruit.

Top Review by AmandaInOz

We love barley water, but this is the first time I've made it at home, and it turned out really well. I reduce the recipe to make one litre bottle. Very tasty! Thanks Mandy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the barley well.
  2. Cover barley in a pot with cold water & bring to the boil, drain.
  3. Return barley to saucepan with the lemon rind & 10 cups water, cook slowly for 1 hour.
  4. Add the lemon juice & sugar and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  5. Strain and chill to serve.
  6. Discarded barley can be mixed with some dried fruit & nuts and warm milk and makes a great breakfast.

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