End the night with a frozen libation. The ZOKU Quick Pop Maker allows you to go from liquid to ice pop in less than 10 minutes. Just store the base in the freezer, and pull out when you are ready to make the pops. It will make 9 pops before having to refreeze the base—which will give you enough time to enjoy one, and come up with a new concoction.
The kit comes with a cool accessory kit for the very creative, so you can experiment with tilted layers, and use different ingredients for the inside and outside of the pop. There is also a case to hold the pops, if you want to make them ahead of time. $50 for the triple-base, with tools/sticks; $20 for the accessories; $20 for the storage case. Available online at zokuhome.com
For the mix, think of any low-alcohol cocktails that are kind of fruity—that will work as a pop. Sangria with lots of fruit would also work perfectly.
CREATE THE MIX
1 part vodka
3 parts cranberry juice
1 part prosecco
If you are using the Zoku pop maker, then just pour in the mixture, and wait 5 min for it to freeze. (Otherwise, pour into regular pop molds and allow at least 5 hours to freeze.)
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