Two years after launching the Miracle holiday pop-up bar in New York, the brand is expanding globally. Miracle owner Greg Boehm and manager Joann Spiegel have partnered with more than 30 renowned bars across the world to launch sister pop-ups in cities such as London, Athens, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver and Oklahoma City.
Bartender Nico de Soto, who has developed the Christmas concoctions for the past two years, created this year’s drink list, which will be served at all Miracle locations from Nov. 25th to Dec. 24th. Cocktails such as the Muletide (Aquavit, oloroso sherry, ginger, lime, pumpkin) and the Christmopolitan (shown at top, made with vodka, elderflower, fig, spiced cranberry sauce, lime) will be served in Cocktail Kingdom’s festive, custom Miracle glassware that will be uniform throughout the world.
“Miracle on Ninth Street” opened at Mace in New York when the bar was still under construction in December 2014. Its success inspired the folks at Drink Company to turn the firm’s sherry bar Mockingbird Hill into Miracle on Seventh Street last year. They’re expanding the holiday wonderland this year to all three of Drink Company’s adjacent bars—Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency.
In other Christmas pop-up news, the Tiki-inspired Sippin’ Santa concept is back for the 2016 holiday season. In addition to New York’s Boilermaker (the original location), Sippin’ Santa bars will also operate out of Chicago’s Lost Lake and Latitude 29 in New Orleans.
Boilermaker bartender Sam Gauthier worked with Paul McGee and Shelby Allison from Lost Lake and Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and Brad Smith from Latitude 29 on this year’s Sippin’ Santa libations. Nine cocktails will be served at each of the pop-ups, including Hawaiian Milk Punch (bourbon, balsam liqueur, heavy cream, chai syrup); And a Parrot in a Palm Tree (tequila, mezcal, Pierre Ferrand Curacao, Lost Lake spiced coconut syrup, lime); and the Holiday Lei (gin, lemon juice, ginger syrup, cranberry, Champagne).
Sippin’ Santa sites will play a devoted soundtrack of tunes appropriate for a Tiki holiday. The pop-ups will also be decked out with festive, Tiki-inspired decorations, such as gold tinsel and floral leis. Like the Miracle holiday pop-ups, the Sippin’ Santas will be open from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24th.