Probably one of the most inexpensive thirst-quenchers around. Chewy white Barley pearls simmered in water is a simple and effective all-day drink. Gently boil for under 20 mins to let the nutty grains infuse the boiling water with a classic clean sweetness that’s easy to drink. Still too plain? Drop in naturally sweet rock sugar and candied winter melon, the choice sugar for a cool jug of barley water. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners warn against over boiling though, or letting the barley spilt. They say if that happens, the drink loses its “cooling” properties. So keep your eye on the pot!