Thursday, February 3, 2011

Home-made Lemon Barley

Cool and refreshing barley drink, delicious served with a squeeze of lemon

I love a refreshing glass of barley drink, especially during the past few days when the weather has been unbearably hot! It's a great thirst-quencher when ice-cold with a splash of lemon juice. Try making some barley drink at home. It's super easy and takes only half an hour to prepare.

Lemon Barley Drink Recipe

200g (1 3/4 cup) barley
2 litres water
2 screwpine leaves, washed and knotted
150g-200g candied winter melon
1-2 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Wash and rinse the barley with plenty of water until the water is almost clear.
  2. Boil the barley with the water and screwpine leaves.
  3. After the barley has started to soften (about 10 minutes later), add the candied winter melon and continue to boil for another 10 minutes. Add a little sugar if you prefer it sweeter.
  4. Refrain from boiling too long as the barley will overcook and release starch into the drink, making it thick and cloudy. Strain out the barley grains and winter melon. Serve either hot or cold, with a splash of lemon juice.
Screwpine/Pandanus leaves & Candied winter melon

Uncooked barley

Freshly brewed barley