Barley Water with Mint

A glass of barley soaking in hot water
Prep Time: 
40 minutes
Number of Servings: 
makes 1 quart


  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 cup hulled barley
  • 8 cup water
  • Honey


  1. Put the leaves from the bunch of mint in a bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Learn More About Barley

Packed with fiber and nutrients, it may help fight diabetes and heart disease.


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