Ribena Is So Ribenary!

Tuesday is grocery day. A week ago, Charlie and I went to A Big Store in A Big Town, rather than our local Jay C. We found many wonderful things that we can’t get locally. Including RIBENA!!!!

I got hooked on Ribena in 1968, when I was on a school trip to England. We each stayed in the home of a local host family. The mother in my family was jolly and sweet and a virtual chambermaid for the rest of the family. While I was there, I made my own damn bed and helped her with the dishes, ’cause that’s how I was raised.

ANYWAY, every morning, she woke us up by bringing us toast and hot Ribena. Couldn’t break her of that.

For a while, in Louisville, I could get my fix at Stewart’s downtown. Then, not.

And here it was! Of course, I bought a bottle. It cost over $7 (5.24 British pounds), but it’s a concentrate, so it goes a long way. A bonus was, in reading the directions, I learned something! I’m always reading about “lemon squash” in British books, and I was like, “What?” And now I know: “squash” is British for sweetened concentrate, aka syrup or cordial! It’s sweet and strongly flavored, and you dilute it with hot or cold water to make it as sweet/strong as you like.

Another bonus is that this post led me to the Ribena website, where I found a link to this video.

You’re welcome.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: A character learns something unexpectedly.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Ribena Is So Ribenary!

  1. Dan Antion

    December 13, 2017 at 3:13pm

    I do like this. I can’t “like” it but that’s WordPress bring cranky, there’s a lot I can’t like today. I might look for this around here.

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  2. joey

    December 15, 2017 at 10:56pm

    The only thing I can relate that to is my forbidden love of Cheerwine. (Cause not just caffeine and sugar, but also red dye.) You shoulda heard me holler when I found out you can buy it in Indy at Cracker Barrel. Well, you mighta heard me. If you heard that holler, it was me!

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      Marian Allen

      December 16, 2017 at 8:12am

      Oooo! Caffeine, sugar, and red dye! I’ll have to lay in a case of that for the next time I want insomnia. LOL

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    • Holly Jahangiri

      December 16, 2017 at 4:43pm

      I think I saw some of that at Kroger. I’ve heard of it, but never tried it. Such a lovely name for… soda pop?

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