I was first introduced to Barley Tea 6 years ago, at a Korean restaurant that opened near our area. It was a complimentary drink given to all their customers. I didn’t know what it was that I had to ask our server. He told us it was barley tea and even explained how to prepare it. He said I can buy the grains used to make it at the Asian store just beside the restaurant. So I have been buying packs of barley and making tea out it using the grains. Until I discovered barley tea sachets. It is called Mugicha in Japan and Boricha in Korea. Just place 1-2 sachets to a pitcher and add water. Let steep for a couple of minutes (depending on how strong a taste you want it). Remove the bag and it’s ready to drink.
Our family likes it cold in the Summer and I prepare it hot in the Winter. Aside from it being caffeine free, it has a lot of health benefits. It is said to have antioxidant properties, aides in digestion, improves blood circulation to name a few.
This is my beverage of choice to beat the heat this Summer.