Barley Drink or Barley water is a beverage made out of boiled barley flavoured with lemon and sugar. A traditional British soft drink which is commonly home-made and also commercially available with different flavours to choose from.
This practice of boiling grain in water has been existing since the ancient times and that was evident with this recipe. Initially called as Kykeon, it was consumed to break sacred fast during the Eleusinian Mysteries. Another drink similar to this one called Atholl Brose made out of oatmeal and honey also existed during the early days.
For this recipe we will be adding some Asian twist and this is how they do it in Malaysia, with an added twist of pandan /screwpine leaves and candied wintermelon.
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup candied wintermelon
1 tbsp sugar
1 litre water
2 strips pandan leaves, tied into a knot
1. In a pot add barley, pandan leaves and water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until barley is soft.
2. Add sugar and candied wintermelon, simmer for 15 more minutes.
3. Discard pandan and candied wintermelon then serve with slice of lemon, enjoy cold, warm or hot.