Lemon Barley Drink - Cooling Summer Drink Recipe

Lemon Barley Drink, this is what exactly we are in need in the upcoming months to beat the summer heat. Barley, I never tasted before until I step in Singapore. But I still remember in my native place it is given for pregnant ladies to overcome the swelling issues. 
After migrating to SG I keep drinking barley water atleast thrice a week to keep the body hydrate and cool to overcome with the humid weather. It is a perfect summer drink as it brings down the heat content from the body. Thats why it is generally given to people with high temperatures.

Making your own barley drink at home is much affordable and brings out the better taste than the store bought drink which has high sugar content.

Health Claims for barley drink may vary depending on the need - to clear sore throat problem, to promote lactation, as a pap for infant, to clear digestive systems, helps to weight loss, remedy for kidney stones and bladder issues. But for me it is still a quick refreshing summer drink.

Preparation & Cooking Time : 45 minutes
Yield :Serves 4


Pearl Barley - 1/2 cup
Water - 6 cups
Lemon - 3 unwaxed or scrubbed of wax coating
Zest of 1 Lemon
Mint Leaves - 3, finely chopped
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Ice cubes to serve


  • Wash the barley thorughly in cold water. Place the barley in a sauce pan and pour the water over.

  • Turn on the flame to high and bring to boil. Simmer cook on medium high flame until barley cooks soft. This may take around 20 - 30 minutes. 

  • Add the zest of one lemon in the middle of cooking process.

  • When it is done, skim off any foam on top, drain the barley water in a bowl using metallic strainer or muslin cloth. (keep the barley for whatever dish you want - use for salad, soup, stew or along with rice recipe).

  • Next add juice of three lemons which is diluted with 1/4 cup of water and needed sugar. I have used minimal amount of sugar, increase as you desire. Stir well to dissolve the sugar completely.

  • Chill the barley water in the fridge. Garnish with mint leaves(optional) and serve chilled with ice cubes.


  • You can alter the water depending upon your taste , add more or less.
  • Other  citrus-based fruits can be substituted for lemon, if desired.
  • Adding mint will enhance the taste of the drink, it's optional again.
  • If you prefer add salt for sugar, add salt and include buttermilk for more taste.
  • This stays good for 3-4 days in fridge.
  • Important: You may pass urination frequently after having barley drink, which means it works to reduce body heat.

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