Ginger has quite a refreshing flavour so I thought it might be the perfect addition to a traditional lemon barley water. The ginger adds new notes to an old favourite making it even more enjoyable on those warm summer days.
Ginger and Lemon Barley Water
2 litres water
1 cup caster sugar
150 grams pearl barley, washed and drained
100 grams fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
Remove the peel from the lemons, being careful not to leave any pith on the peel. Once this is done, juice the lemons.
Place the water and sugar into a saucepan and on a gentle heat, keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Add the lemon peel, ginger slices and pearl barley and allow to simmer for 30 minutes before removing from the heat.
Strain through muslin to remove the barley, lemon and ginger pieces and allow to cool.
When cold add the lemon juice - taste, and if necessary add more sugar if desired. Store in the fridge and serve over ice.