Number of Servings:
makes 1 quart
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 1 cup hulled barley
- 8 cup water
- Put the leaves from the bunch of mint in a bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the barley and water to a boil, and then turn the stove down to let the mixture simmer. Leave half covered and simmering for 30 minutes, or until barley is cooked.
- Strain barley water into large bowl, and place it to the side. Mash mint leaves with a wooden spoon to bring out the mint oil. Place bruised leaves in barley water, allowing them to steep for 5 minutes. Taste, and steep more as needed.
- Strain barley water into a pitcher, add honey to taste, and stir until it dissolves completely. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours until cold. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint to garnish.