More than ever, we need a holiday season miracle. And it would help if it came spiked with bourbon or rum.
Thankfully, more than a dozen such wonders were launched on November 25, as the Miracle Holiday Pop-Up has become a truly global phenomenon. Started two years ago at NYC’s cool East Village cocktail spot MACE, it was such a hit that, like Santa himself, it’s now spreading around the world. Drinks elf Nico de Soto has again created the menu of liquid magic – and participating bars from LA to Seattle to Atlanta, D.C, Montreal, Paris, Athens and beyond, will all be making the season a little brighter (and tipsier).
Not just some gimmick to sell more elaborate tipples, each bar will completely subsume its everyday identity, and be given a total “deck the halls” makeover. And the drinks? Unabashed holiday charm and kitsch, but with a kick that keeps on giving.
“I don’t want to choose a favorite as they’re all so incredible,” says MACE’s Joann Spiegel. “But I am partial to the Snowball Old Fashioned, with flavors that remind me of Christmas at home. And…it is served over a snowball in a Cocktail Kingdom Santa rocks glass. Pure holiday cheer!”
The festivities will continue through Christmas Eve, offering a handy and necessary holiday spirit recharge throughout the entire season. Naughty and nice are all welcomed to join in.
2016 Miracle Holiday Pop-Up Menu
vodka, elderflower liqueur, spiced cranberry sauce, lime juice, fig bitters
Linie Aquavit, Oloroso Sherry, ginger syrup, lime juice, pumpkin pie soda
Snowball Old Fashioned
bourbon, Becherovka, spiced syrup, Angostura bitters
gin, pine liqueur, vanilla syrup, lime juice, mint, club soda
hot milk punch with Barbados rum, Trinidad overproof rum, Batavia Arrack, pineapple juice, lemon juice, almond milk, eight spices, coconut water, coconut oil
cacao nib infused reposado tequila, Pedro Ximenez sherry, maple syrup, black walnut bitters
Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!
Barbados rum, cachaca, Trinidad overproof rum, pumpkin-almond orgeat, lime juice
Jingle Ball Nog
brown butter fat-washed cognac, Amontillado sherry, almond milk, cream, sugar, egg, nutmeg
Mulled Wine Sour
Pedro Ximenez sherry, rye, sweet vermouth, Madeira, clove syrup, orange acid, egg white
gingerbread spiced rye
cinnamon infused bourbon
Locations (More to be announced)
• MACE, New York City
• Fortina Armonk, Armonk, New York
• Fortina Stamford, Stamford, Connecticut
• Planter’s House, St Louis, Missouri
• The Gin Joint, Charleston, South Carolina
• Rob Roy, Seattle, Washington
• Rockford Cocktail Den, Edmond, Oklahoma
• Mockingbird Hill, Washington D.C.
• Westbound, Los Angeles, California
• Tapa Tapa Atlanta, Georgia
• Fox Bar at Soho House, Chicago, Illinois
• 529 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
• Rye, Louisville, Kentucky
• The Trap, Athens, Greece
• Danico, Paris, France
• Nexus Bar / Ecole du Bar, Montreal, Canada