An old-fashioned drink that was traditionally given to children, barley water is also a good source of natural insoluble fiber, magnesium and phytonutrients known as lignans. Barley water is said to help atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, diabetes and even gallstones.
2 ounces pearl barley
3 teaspoons sugar
Peel of 1/2 lemon
1 pint boiling water
Put barley in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and boil for about 3 minutes.
Strain barley and put in a jug with sugar, lemon peel and boiling water. Cover and let stand until cold. Strain.
Serve plain, or add lemon juice and sugar to taste, or dilute half and half with milk, or serve over ice. It is usually served in small tumblers.
Recipe makes 2 to 4 servings.
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