Barley Tea Mugicha

Get ready to quench your thirst with my invigorating Barley Tea Mugicha recipe! Crafted from roasted barley, this traditional cold beverage offers a healthy and revitalizing option for any occasion. Whether you’re craving a cool drink to beat the heat or searching for the perfect accompaniment to your favorite Asian dishes, this mugicha recipe is sure to hit the spot!

Barley tea mugicha being poured into a cup from a pitcher.

Why I Love This Recipe

Let me tell you why I’m obsessed with this Barley Tea Mugicha recipe! It’s a staple  Asian beverage, loved for its simplicity and refreshingly nutty flavor. Made from barley tea bags steeped in water, this naturally caffeine-free drink is a go-to choice for anyone craving a cooling, earthy sip and a personal favorite drink of mine!

Whether you’re enjoying a hot summer day or need a cozy pick-me-up in the winter, this versatile tea is a must-try. Trust me, after one sip, you’ll be hooked and reaching for more, just like with my invigorating Sparkling Yuzu Lemon Water and comforting Homemade Ginger Tea. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s brew up some bliss together!



  • Mugicha Tea Bag – you can usually find Barley Tea Bag in Asian supermarkets, especially Japanese or Korean markets.
  • Plain Water – use filtered room temp for cold brew or hot water for hot brew method.

Barley tea mugicha served in a glass cup with ice, top down.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Pitcher


Step 1 Place barley tea bag in a large pitcher or jug and fill with water.

Barley tea bag in water.

💧 Water Pro Tip

Start with Filtered or Purified Water for the best taste. Using clean water enhances the purity of the tea’s flavor profile.

🍵 Steeping Pro Tip

For Quicker Steeping, opt for Warm Water to extract the flavors from the tea bags more rapidly. Afterwards, add ice cubes and store the mixture in the fridge.

Step 2 Place in refrigerator, let it steep for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Barley bag steeping in water.

🥤 Serving Pro Tip

You can Serve this tea either Hot or Cold, depending on the season. Adjust the temperature to suit your preference and enjoy a refreshing beverage all year round.

Barley tea mugicha served in a glass cup with ice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are health benefits of barley tea?

Barley Tea offers an array of health benefits, boasting antioxidants that aid digestion, alleviate bloating and constipation, and contribute to weight loss. Rich in nutrients, it supports gut health, acts as a natural antacid, and provides enrichment for dietary fibers for overall wellness.

Does mugicha barley tea have caffeine?

Mugicha, crafted from roasted barley grains, is naturally caffeine-free as it isn't derived from tea leaves.

Is it okay to reuse the tea bags for a second steeping?

It's generally recommended to use fresh tea bags for each steeping session rather than reusing them for a second time.

Can I over-steep the tea bags?

Unlike traditional teas that can turn bitter if left to steep for too long, barley tea doesn't suffer from this issue. Feel free to leave the tea bags in the water for as long as you like.

Storage Tips

Store any leftover tea in a pitcher in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness. It can be kept for 10-14 days.

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Barley tea mugicha being poured into a cup from a pitcher.

Barley Tea Mugicha

Mugicha, a traditional Japanese barley tea, offers a refreshing and flavorful beverage option. Learn how to make this authentic Japanese drink at home with my simple recipe. Enjoy the natural goodness and unique taste of mugicha with this easy-to-follow tutorial.
5 from 5 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Korean
Keyword: Japanese barley tea, mugicha
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Pitcher
Print Recipe
Calories: 10kcal


  • 1 Piece Barley Tea Bag
  • 1 L Water


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Japanese barley tea.
  • Place Barley Tea Bag in pitcher and fill with cold water.
    Barley tea bag in water.
  • Depending on your preference, brew for 5 minutes or up to 3 hours. Serve chilled.
    Barley bag steeping in water.


Calories: 10kcal | Sodium: 50mg | Calcium: 30mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. LaurelClaire Bazarek

    Love this Tea!!! (1/2 my family is Japanese….). I drink every single day of the year! I like it even warm. Bait Thanks for posting…GREAT PICS!!!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Thanks Laurel! Yup, hard to beat a nice cold glass of mugiha in the summertime (or warm in the winter)!

  2. Cynthia Ness

    I’m concerned about the actual carb count since it has calories and is a grain. Also, is it gluten-free??

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hello – the calories is actually 0 kcal, but the recipe card has to show minimum 10 due to Google’s restrictions on it. So net carb is 0 as well. I also believe mugicha does have gluten. So if you can’t have gluten, you may want to give cold hojicha (roasted green tea) a try instead.

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