Despite our health beverage mania, Americans still aren't hip to barley water. The Brits have been drinking it at Wimbledon since...well, for a long time. Barley is a great source of dietary fiber, which can fight arterial plaque and the rise of LDL cholesterol. It delivers magnesium, which can help control glucose levels, thus providing protection against type 2 diabetes. Could you just eat more barley? Yes, and you should. But barley water is curiously satisfying and very thirst quenching. So why not drink some, too? This recipe first appeared in EveryDayCook.
Place the water and barley into a medium saucepan. Cover, set over high heat, and bring to a boil. Once the barley comes to a boil, decrease the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. While the liquid is cooking, peel the lemons, being careful not to cut into the white pith. Juice the lemons and place the juice along with the peel into a 3-quart pitcher and set aside.
After 30 minutes, strain the barley water through a fine mesh strainer into the pitcher. Discard the barley. Add the honey and stir to combine. Refrigerate until chilled.