Monday, May 6, 2013

Dazzleberry Lemonade from "Yo Gabba Gabba"


          Yo Gabba Gabba has been one of Smalls' favorite shows for a long time, and B and I like it too. The songs are catchy and easy to remember and teach basic life lessons, like sharing, picking things up, not biting your friends, and having parties in your tummy.
          In the episode "Family" (season 2, ep. 12) the family of the character Muno comes to visit and Muno's mom makes the family specialty--a drink called dazzleberry lemonade. There's a song that goes with this scene about the concepts of empty and full. I've wanted to attempt this drink for a while now--and now I know first hand how yummy it is! When I made it Smalls said "dazzleberry lemonaaade?!" just like the characters in the show. She had a huge smile and proceded to gather up her little Gabba plushies. I'm totally making this again. Razzle dazzle!

Note:
this drink can be made from different amounts--whatever suits your taste buds. The recipe below is simply how it worked out for me.

"The pitcher was empty but now it's full,
There's lemonade inside of it that means it's full!"

Muno's Family Dazzleberry Lemonade

Ingredients:
2 1/2 Cups Fresh Fruit Juice (from red grapes + berries)
1/2 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (from about 4 lemons)
5 Cups Water
3/4 Cup Honey

Important Items:
Lemon juicer
Potato masher
Strainer
Pitcher (mine is 72 oz.)

Directions:
1. Juice the lemons until you have 1/2 cup. Pour into the pitcher.
2. Remove the red grapes from the vine, cut them, & then place them in a large strainer set over a bowl. Mash them with the potato masher & pour the juice into a large measuring cup (grapes must be used because they are shown in the dazzleberry lemonade scene). If you are including strawberries slice off the tops, cut them into smaller pieces, & mash them in the strainer. Other berries to use can be blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. Measure the juice until you have 2 1/2 cups & then pour it into the pitcher.
3. Pour in the water & honey (has to be honey to be correct to the show!) & stir until it's all combined. Serve with much happiness and song.


I also made a few slap-dash dazzleberry lemonade Muno pops in my Zoku Quick Pop Maker!
(Eyes = banana slices + fruit leather.)

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