Thursday, July 7, 2011


No last minute fuss here. the rhubarb lemonade base is made ahead of party time!
2  12 ounce packages frozen rhubarb
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
1  6- ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 cups water
2  7-ounce bottlee of lemon-lime carbonated beverage chilled.
In saucepan combine the frozen rhubarb, sugar, frozen lemonade concentrate and water. Cover and cook about 20 minutes. Strain to remove pulp, chill the liquid. Just before serving pour rhubarb lemonade mixture over ice cubes in a punch bowl. Resting bottle on rim of punch bowl carefully pour in lemon-lime beverage. Yields 12 servings

How rhubarb is linked to baseball
Thanks to the Romans, the word "rhubarb" takes its name from the Latin rha barbarum. Rhubarb grew along the banks of the river Rha, the ancient name of the Volga. Back then, the region was considered foreign, or barbarian territory. Thus, rhubarb literally means "from the barbarian, Rha."
The use of the word "rhubarb" dates back to the early days of Shakespearean theater, a use that carried forward to present day. Dictionaries first define rhubarb as the lovable, edible plant that it is. Then the slang definition follows. To prepare you, let's get the feeling behind it. Say RHU-barb with attitude. Now you can see how the word became synonymous with a heated argument or squabble. One dictionary even went so far as to link rhubarb to baseball, where a rhubarb meant sparks were flying between the umpire and the pitcher.

Having a rhubarb

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