1 gallon filtered water + 4 more cups
1lb fresh ginger root, peeled and grated (organic if possible)
4-5 bay leaves
2-3 cinnamon sticks
Peel of one orange
Peel of one lime
1/4 cup raw barley
1/4 cup raw brown rice
1/2 cup brown sugar, more to taste
1 tsp mixed essence or almond extract
Peel and grate ginger. A food processor may also be used to break ginger down.
In a large pot, add water, ginger, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange and lime peel, barley, and rice.
Stir mixture and simmer for 5 min on low heat. This will NOT cook the mixture, just heat it slightly.
Remove mixture from heat and add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir to dissolve.
Cover pot and store in a cool place for 24-48+ hours.
Strain mixture through a cheesecloth, fine strainer, or paper coffee filter. After straining, add mixed essence if using. Refrigerate overnight.
Strain mixture again the next day. Add more sugar to taste and serve over ice.