Wimbledon is just around the corner, and while the spectators may be sipping Pimm's Cups, the players will be served the tournament's official drink, lemon barley water. Barley water may not sound terribly alluring – in Mary Poppins, the children stipulated that their ideal nanny must "never smell of barley water" – but we think it's a refreshing drink ideal for hot summer days. Lemon barley water is made by simmering pearl barley in water, straining the liquid, and adding lemon and sweetener. It's as simple as that! Served chilled, it's a nice variation from regular lemonade or iced barley tea.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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