Barley Water

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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.

Recipe

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.