How to Make Lemon Barley Water

Lemon barley water can serve as a refreshing drink for many in the scorching hot temperatures of summer. The drink is extremely easy to make and can be prepared in less than half an hour. In addition, it does not require a wide array of ingredients; you only need a few lemons, boiling water, barley, and sugar to make it.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 25 min
Yields: 6 servings
Utensils: Large pan, jug, serving glasses, ice cubes, strainer

Barley: ½ pounds
Sugar: ½ pounds
Boiling water: 1 gallon
Lemon juice: 4 lemons
Lemon rind: 2 lemons


  • 1

    Add ingredients to the large pan

    First of all, add all the ingredients to a large pan; this includes the lemon juice and rind, the barley and the sugar. When adding the respective ingredients to the pan, make sure you have taken the right quantities, as anything less or more than the advised amount will alter the taste of the drink.

  • 2

    Add boiling water to the pan

    After placing the ingredients in the pan, add 1 gallon of boiling water to the pan and stir the ingredients in the water carefully. Cover the pan so that the ingredients combine nicely with the water. Leave the pan to cool down for some time.

  • 3

    Strain the ingredients

    Once the water has cooled down a bit, strain all the liquid from the pan into a jug. Make sure there are no seeds in the jug after you have strained the mixture. You can also use a muslin cloth to strain the ingredients.

  • 4

    Refrigerate the mixture

    Place the jug in the refrigerator so that the mixture cools down further. The drink will taste best when it is chilled so make sure you leave the jug in the refrigerator for a considerable period of time.

  • 5

    Serve the drink

    Once you feel that the liquid has cooled enough, pour it into six glasses equally. Make sure the glasses are not filled to the top as you also have to add ice cubes to each glass. You can add mint leaves to each glass for added taste. Add ice cubes and serve instantly, as the taste is best when the drink is chilled.

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