Barley lemon coconut quencher

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The traditional barley drink is a popular thirst quencher which you can order in any coffeeshops in Malaysia. It is as popular as “Lemonade” in some countries. This is a twist from this traditional drink, which makes it so desirable to have on a hot sunny day.

Ingredients (serves 6 – 8 glasses)

1.5 litre of filtered water
3 Tbsp barley pearls (rinsed)
rock sugar (depends on your level of sweetness required)
1 lemon
water and flesh of 2 young coconuts (chilled)


  1. Boil barley pearls in filtered water for 50 minutes on low to moderate fire.
  2. Add rock sugar and boil for another 10 more minutes until all sugar is dissolved.
  3. Leave the barley drink to cool. Chill in the refrigerator.
  4. Fill the serving glasses 1/3 full with barley drink.
  5. Slice the lemon into rings and fill the partially full serving  glasses with freshly chilled coconut water and scrape in some coconut flesh. Drop 1 or 2 slices of lemon and top up with some ice cubes.

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