This is a fantastic, quick drink to make that is caffeine-free, but rich in taste. It’s made from roasted barley, and sometimes a little bit of wheat too. It is popular both in Japan and Korea, called either mugicha (Japan) or boricha (Korea). My boyfriend introduced me to this refreshing beverage and now I stocked up on it at home.
I cold steep it, for about half an hour or so, in the refrigerator. I don’t like it to be too dark or taste too strong. The drink has a natural sweet taste. It’s a very subtle sweetness, more of a softness to the flavor than a sugary overtone. The cute pitcher is also from the boyfriend.
(Note: It’s likely that those with gluten allergies might not react favorably to this drink.)