Its rhubarb season! So go get yourself some rhubarb and make this punch. Its refreshing, delightful, and pleasing to the tastebuds. Its got orange and lemon in there as well, plus gingerale to give it some zip. Its fast, its easy, and again, delicious! I got the recipe from my mom and she got the recipe from her sister-in-law about 30 years ago…who got it from who-knows-who. Its one of those timeless recipes that gets passed from generation to generation…and this was before trim healthy mama so the answer is no, its not healthy. But it is made with rhubarb, which makes it sound good!
This afternoon on my way home from town, I happened to meet Stanley on the road…he was headed back to the shop after a shorter day on the job. Declan went ballistic in the back seat over seeing his daddy and begged to go with him in the “big guck!” A few hours later they came home with a new toy. =) They picked up this four-wheeler at a friends house and have been cruising through town ever since. I’m trying not to worry too much about the little guy hanging on because I know he is having a blast.
I love how they like each other and Declan would spend (almost) every waking minute with his dad if he could. Today as he was driving with Stan he said, “Dad I miss you!” Stan was like, “I miss you too Declan!” and he replied, “I miss you more!!!” Its so fun to see him putting sentences together and he can come up with the sweetest things. When he got back from all of his adventures, he snuggled into my lap, closed his eyes, wrapped his arms around me and said, “This is MY mommy!”
These are the days I don’t want to miss. And I will treasure these memories forever!
Being a mom has got to be one of the greatest joys on earth.
PS. Try freezing this juice to make a slush! Add the gingerale just before serving. I love slushy drinks!
PSS. Tonight I served ours with sparkling water instead of soda and we loved it because we still got the fizz without all the added sweetness of soda.
Refreshing Rhubarb Punch
- 6 cups (heaping) fresh rhubarb, chopped
- 8 cups water
- In large saucepan, combine rhubarb and water. Bring to boil and cook until rhubarb is very tender, approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and strain.
- Add: 2 cups white sugar (stirring to dissolve.)
- 4 cups cold water
- 12 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
- 12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
- Add water and concentrates plus the additional water that each concentrate calls for. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled.
- Just before serving add 2 liters gingerale or sprite soda.
- *Variation: Add 2 cups frozen strawberries when cooking rhubarb and add strawberry lemonade concentrate in place of the regular lemonade concentrate.