Barley Water started as a soothing drink for fever patients, but by the Middle Ages was seen as a refreshment for sick and healthy alike. The English, much like the French, flavoured it with licorice, but by the late 17th century tended to substitute lemon, a version still popular today. Lemon Barley Water is a great addition to a picnic or just as a refreshing drink in the summer months.
Ab old recipe from the Army and Navy Club is:
- Rind of 6 lemons
- Juice of 3 lemons
- ¼ lb of pearl barley
- ¼ lb of loaf sugar
Wash well the barley in a little cold water, pour the boiling water on all the ingredients, set to clear, serve iced.
For a more detailed recipe, see Lemon Barley Water.