I’ve blogged about this particular drink a couple of times. First, it was recommended to me as the drink to have when you’re experiencing bladder issues. Then, I followed that blog up to say that it does work. Since drinking the lemon barley water, my bladder has been considerable less painful.
Unfortunately, the only version of the drink that I am able to find in the shops is the Robinsons brand. I’ve noticed that Morrison’s sell their own brand of barley water squashes, but not a lemon barley water flavour. So, at £1.99, it feels like a lot of money for a drink that I’m not exactly enjoying. It’s just lemon squash. It’s not something that I get all that excited about – it’s not as nice as lime cordial…
My step-mum, Fi, suggested that I might make my own lemon barley water. So, I looked at a few recipes online and I have come up with my own concoction…
- I washed 100g of pearl barley in cold water
- I put the pearl barley into my crockpot with 1.5 litres of water
- I added 2 sliced lemons and 1 sliced orange to the crockpot
- I left these components on a low heat for 3 hours
- I switched off the crockpot and removed the fruit
- When the fruit was cool enough to handle, I squeezed it into the cooling crockpot
- While the mixture was still warm, I poured it through a sieve and added 4 tablespoons of honey
- I left the drink to cool before putting it in the fridge
Of all the recipes I read, not once did I read to use a crockpot. The thing is, I love my crockpot (thanks Shellie) and I haven’t been able to use it much recently. I thought, if I had to cook the barley anyway, I should do it in the crockpot, with the fruit, so all the flavours can mingle and infuse. I thought that this way, I would get more flavour in more time.
The drink is quite sharp – but I like sharp. The orange and honey have softened it slightly (I hope!) but it is still quite sharp to taste. If sharpness isn’t something you desire from a drink, I guess you could dilute it with water or lemonade or add some more honey…
I have found the drink to be very refreshing served cold with a few ice cubes in. I just hope that it has the same effects as the bottled lemon barley squash! I guess, if summer returns, I could pour some into ice lolly moulds and make myself a couple of ice lollies.
To make 1.5 litres of this drink, it has cost me less than £1. I know that with a bottle of squash I could get more volume for my money, but if this makes a nice change from the squash then it’s all that matters.
Of course, to make Fi and my Nanna proud of me, I have had to decant my drink into a Tupperware jug so that I can store it in the fridge. It’s the only possible way that I can keep my drink fresh…