Makes approx. 3 litres.
500g pearl barley
3 litres water
1 kg caster sugar
6 – 8 lemons (depending on personal preference for taste)
75g citric acid
Place the pearl barley and water into a large pan
Bring to the boil and simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes
Combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and citric acid together in a bowl.
When the barley is cooked strain the hot liquid ONLY on to the lemon mix in the bowl..
Stir to combine, cover and let rest for 24 hours.
Strain the cordial into a clean bowl and then bottle.
Serve diluted with water and ice – stir when in the glass.
Will store in the fridge for several weeks.
N.B. This makes quite a thick cordial so you don’t need to use a lot.
For something extra special, mix with soda water strait from the fridge.