Pop-up restaurants are nothing new, nor are pop-up bars. But a simultaneous international pop-up has to be unprecedented.
Miracle, the holiday pop-up bar launched in 2014 in New York City at Mace Cocktail Bar as Miracle on 9th Street, has set an ambitious plan to incorporate 30 bars across the globe into the theme. Concept owner Greg Boehm (best known for his Cocktail Kingdom books and wares) and manager Joann Spiegel have partnered with operations in London, Athens, Montreal, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver and Oklahoma City, among other locations.
The drinks to be served at all participating pop-ups from November 25th to December 24th were created by Mace bartender Nico de Soto using Cocktail Kingdom’s custom glassware, including a Santa head. Drinks include the Muletide (aquavit, Oloroso sherry, ginger, lime, pumpkin), the Christmopolitan (vodka, elderflower, fig, spiced cranberry sauce, lime), Jingle Ball Nog (brown butter fat-washed cognac, Amontillado sherry, almond milk, cream, sugar, egg, nutmeg), and Bad Santa (hot milk punch with Barbados rum, Trinidad overproof rum, Batavia arrack, pineapple juice, lemon juice, almond milk, 8 spices, coconut water, coconut oil).
Each of the locations will deck their halls with lights, garlands and ribbons inspired by the original pop-up’s cheerful Christmas decorations, and a soundtrack of holiday songs will help set the spirit. The idea for the pop-up came before Boehm and company opened Mace a few years ago, when his mother advised turning the construction space into a holiday-themed pop-up. Now it’s a Mace tradition, and spreading fast.