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Lemon Barley Water for Refreshing Elevenses

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Lemon Barley Water was a word I heard as a child and the barley was purchased in the pharmacy.

It used to come packed in cans I assume it was expensive and the water was served to the patient only. I do not know what my mother did with the barley.

Refreshing summer drink, non alcoholic, barley

Lemon Barley Water

With the spurt in healthy eating, the long-forgotten grains are back again in vogue. One of them is pearl barley!

I would rather embrace the food based on its health benefits for a longer term. Never a subscriber to fashion I hope I can get these grains or rather I can afford these grains when they fall out of grace.

The health benefits of barley water I would like to highlight here is that,

Barley is loaded with B and E vitamins, antioxidants and 8 g fibre per 1/4 cup raw. In Mexico, lemon barley water is one variety of a popular street beverage known as aguas frescas. Brits, Australians and Asians all have their own varieties drunk either chilled or warm.”

You do get barley water bottled however I do not have access to bottled barley water I need to make it myself.

Anyway, I will prefer to make my own food and drink unless I cannot so even if it is available I will make it for us at minimum costs and I know what I am using and avoid what preservatives and additives.

Now when Valli announced the theme elevenses I kept wondering where I read it or heard it then Wikipedia my ever faithful friend solved the problem by telling me,

“Elevenses is a short break taken for light refreshments, usually with tea and coffee at about 11 in the morning.

For elevenses, Winnie-the-Pooh preferred honey on bread with condensed milkPaddington Bear often took elevenses at the antique shop on Portobello Road run by his friend Mr Gruber,[10] for which Paddington would buy buns and Mr Gruber would make cocoa (hot chocolate).

In the Middle-earth stories by J. R. R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), it is a meal eaten by Hobbits between second breakfast and luncheon.[11]”

Barley lemon water is a refreshing drink for your Elevenses, second breakfast or just your break from the tedious job you are doing!  Team it with these 7 layer magic bars, cinnamon bread or even layered angel cake you are ready to attack the next 2 hours of work!

Most recipes for lemon barley water have used sugar but I used honey, you can also use maple syrup. Make ginger barley lemon water add grated ginger in the boiling barley.

One word of caution is used pearl barley which means the barn has been removed and steamed for easy cooking.

Refreshing summer drink, non alcoholic, barley

Lemon Barley Water

Lemon Barley Water

  • Serves: 5 glasses
  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Recipe Source:  The Spruce Eats

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup pearl barley
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 6 cups water
  • ½  cup honey

Method:

  • Wash and rinse the barley till the cold water runs clear.
  • Add the lemon zest, and water in a deep pan.
  • Bring to boil and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Once cooked Strain the barley water. Keep the barley you can make a delicious filling meal from it.
  • Add honey to the bowl and stir to dissolve.
  • Let the mixture cool a bit then add the lemon juice.
  • Once the mixture comes to room temperature pour in bottles to chill.
  • Since I was running short of space in the fridge I set them to form ice cubes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Refreshing summer drink, non alcoholic, barley

Lemon Barley Water

Lemon Barley Water for Refreshing Elevenses

Enjoy your elevenses with a refreshing drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Accompaniments, Drink, Kid-Friendly
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan
Keyword: Barley Lemon Water, Breakfast, Diabetic Friendly Food, Kid Friendly Food, Party Dishes, Simple and healthy diet in old age, Use Pearl Barley, Vegetarian
Servings: 5 glasses

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pearl barley
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Honey

Instructions

  • Wash and rinse the barley till the cold water runs clear.
  • Add the lemon zest, and water in a deep pan.
  • Bring to boil and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Once cooked Strain the barley water. Keep the barley you can make a delicious filling meal from it.
  • Add honey to the bowl and stir to dissolve.
  • Let the mixture cool a bit then add the lemon juice.
  • Once the mixture comes to room temperature pour in bottles to chill.
  • Since I was running short of space in the fridge I set them to form ice cubes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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  • January 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I once bought pearl barley, but didn’t know what to do with it. I just groud it and used it along with rice flour in recipes. This drink sounds wonderful and is such a healthy treat during eleven.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 18, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks

  • January 17, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Barley lemon water is a perfect drink for Elevenses . It will definitely refresh and keep you going for a couple of hours . The frozen cubes are a great idea .

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 18, 2019 at 7:37 pm

      😀

  • January 18, 2019 at 10:20 am

    This is a very interesting drink. I had never heard of it. Sounds perfect for mid morning.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 18, 2019 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks, Varada.

  • January 21, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Such a wonderful, super healthy, prefect barley water to keep ourself safe while the weather is too hot. I love citrus flavored barley water very much.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 22, 2019 at 9:23 am

      😀

  • January 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I used to make barley water but the addition of ginger and lemon is a definite plus to the flavor factor. Perfect beverage for the theme.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 24, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      😀

  • January 24, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I didn’t know there was a barley water version with lemon. Such a healthy drink.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 30, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      😀

  • January 28, 2019 at 6:07 am

    This is surely a fantastic recipe Arch, looks very refreshing!..

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      January 30, 2019 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks.

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  • March 4, 2019 at 6:17 am

    the first time I saw barley water here was in a British market we have. To date, that is the only place I have seen with different flavors. I have been slow to try it as I am not sure I would like it. but your drink looks so refreshing you are tempting me to try it!

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 5, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Do try Mir. It is delicious.

  • March 18, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Really thankful for your recipe. It is healthy as well as delicious. Barley water was a popular squash you took for patients in hospitals. I am sure it wasn’t as good as the home made one.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 19, 2019 at 9:20 pm

      Thanks, Mina.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 19, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks.

  • March 19, 2019 at 2:17 am

    This is a nice and healthy option in-between meals. I will try it. Best drink in summer season.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 19, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks, Shobha.

  • Abhijit
    March 21, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Nice recipe. A cost effective energy drink.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 21, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you.

  • March 21, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    A great recipe! I had no idea barley was so beneficial to health.

    • ArchanaPotdar
      March 24, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      That is exactly my point. We tend to ignore the obvious. Thanks Dear.

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