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Lemon Barley Water

  • Yield: 4 cups


  • 1/4 cup pearl barley
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 (1-inch) strips lemon peel
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey, or more as desired
  • 3/4 cup gin, optional
  • Lemon slices, as garnish


  • To clean the pearl barley, place it in a fine mesh strainer and pour boiling water over it. Drain.
  • Combine the drained barley, water, and lemon peel in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a clean container, adding fresh water to bring to 4 cups in volume. Add the lemon juice and honey to taste, and stir well to combine. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  • Serve chilled, mixed with gin, if using, and garnished with lemon slices.

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