Old Fashioned Lemon (Citrus) Barley Water

"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."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 7/8 litres approx




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

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  1. 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!
  2. Kitchen Witch Steph
    I already had my eye on this one when I saw the great reviews and pics from other folks...also I saw Alton Brown make plain Barley water on his show. This was very good. I have been in the habit of making lemonade from scratch lately so this was really one other simple added step. Unique, I like that. I am going to try this out on some friends without telling them what it is. I will also try a sweetener like honey or maple syrup, maybe stevia (for MIL) in the future. Thanks Mandy! Made for ZWT4.
  3. Sharon123
    I halved the recipe and enjoyed the lemony taste, and so healthy too! Thanks Mandy!
  4. mliss29
    I was drawn to this recipe by puppitypup's beautiful picture and I'm glad. I've never had barley water before and this was really good! It's kind of like lemonade with barley in the background. I made half a batch and otherwise follwed instructions. Great drink! Thank you Mandy and puppitypup! Reviewed for ZWT4.
  5. puppitypup
    I was really hoping to like this drink, but it had a bit of a twang to it that just a little too strong for me. Thank you for posting Mandy. Made for ZWT, please see my rating system as i rate tougher than most.


  1. Julesong
    In an effort 1) to cut down the cost of buying soda at the store, 2) reduce caffeine intake, 3) reduce artificial sweetener intake, and 4) do a bit of research into possible Scandinavian ancient drinks (although they wouldn't have had lemon), I began looking around the internet for barley water recipes. I should've known I'd find a good one right here. :) The only difference in how I made it was that instead of granulated sugar I used honey. This drink is *well-worth* the very small amount of effort used to make it - I like it a lot better than lemonade, and it's certainly a lot better for you (than soda or other commercially available drinks with all their preservatives, as well). And I have breakfast already prepared for tomorrow morning, to boot! Worth every bit of the 5 stars. :) Thank you, Mandy!


Melbourne I live on a 5 acre property in the Dandenong Ranges Victoria, Australia, having moved from the burbs when I became pregnant with my now 15 year old daughter Alyssa. Once my daughter was born I became a stay at home mum as I couldn't bear the thought of putting her in daycare. She is the light of my life, I never imagined myself as a mum when younger but now wouldn't have it any other way. Alyssa was made a big sister on the 19th April 2010 when our cheeky little boy Blake was born. I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes so quickly become addicted to Zaar as it was previously known & still use it regularly. In addition to being my kids taxi :lol: I also spend my time, reading, gardening and of course shopping. I'm lucky enough that we have the space & so love growing our own fruits, vegies & herbs, this also means we have plenty of room for animals & at the moment have 2 dogs, Max, a Jackshund who's 6, Fletcher, a Kelpie who's 4, 6 cats Snowpea, Fergus, Ginger, Tango, Annie & Cookie, 4 chooks & 2 Ducks. As well as our pets, we also have a lot of native animals around our area, we have kangaroos, wombats, echidna's, possums as well as rosella's, galah's & Cockatoo's hence the name of where I live..
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