Miracle Pop-Up Creates Christmas-Themed Bars for the Holidays

During the holidays your bar just might be the busiest it will be all year. If you’re looking for a unique way to attract newcomers, Gen Z and millennials, and your regulars why not recreate your space as a pop-up?

Miracle Pop-Up is a Christmas concept that takes over bars across the country to create Christmas-themed bars. With different bar owners, Miracle Pop-Up provides a unique experience for guests each year from November to December. Everything from the bar menu to the decor receives a complete makeover.

The concept first started in 2014, when owner Greg Boehm transformed an unfinished bar in NYC into a pop-up bar serving holiday-themed drinks with outrageous Christmas decorations. Crowds quickly began to swarm the location leaving bar owners asking how they could recreate the same thing. By 2016, the concept became a worldwide phenomenon with pop-ups in Greece, Montreal and Paris.

Currently, Miracle Pop-Up has 94 locations this year, including their newest concept, Sippin’ Santa. Sippin’ Santa is a bar takeover specifically for tiki bars in partnership with tiki-connoisseur Jeff “Beachbum” Berry.

The creative cocktail menu has a variety of drinks like the “Christmapolitan Vodka” made with elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, rosemary, lime, and absinthe mist. Or the “Grinch Grog” made with blanco tequila, herbal liqueur, pine, pear, lemon juice, and Grinch syrup.

“It’s capturing a little bit of forgotten magic from your childhood and your family memories,” Miracle Pop-Up’s bar manager, Joanne Spiegel, explains to “Thrillist.” “[You’ll experience] the magic of great cocktails in fun vessels, holiday music, and all the decor and twinkling lights. It’s a great way to socialize.”

For more on Miracle Pop-Up, the holiday-themed cocktails, and which bars are participating watch the video above and read more at “Thrillist.

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Rachel Brill

Rachel Brill

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2019’s Cocktail Trend | Drinking Your Daily Vegetable Serving with Veggie-Based Cocktails

What’s easier than eating your vegetables? Drinking them! As a result of this year’s booming plant-based trend, Foodable predicts that vegetable-based cocktails will be on the roster for 2019.

According to Foodable Labs, plant-based menus have seen a 78.4% increase in the past year of consumer discussion, and whole vegetable dishes have increased 129 percent year over year leading all plant-based trends.

With vegetable-based juices becoming more popular, and people moving away from sweet, sugary drinks like coffees, it’s only natural that cocktails too are adapting. The bar menu at Fort Lauderdale’s Terra Mare uses a fresh pressed juice in every cocktail. “We wanted to use the natural characteristics of our fruits and vegetables to enhance our cocktails instead of sugars, syrups and other additives,” said general manager Ryan Zemel.

Kimpton's 2019 Culinary & Cocktails Trend Forecast, agrees that the plant-based movement will kick into overdrive in 2019, predicting savory, vegetable infusions, and flavors like celery root for future cocktail innovations.

Premium gin brand, Bombay Sapphire is getting a head start on this trend, partnering with mixologists updating classic cocktails to include vegetables. One example of their creations is a classic gin martini with a tomato consommé.

Watch the video above to learn more about the latest cocktail trend, and how to implement it to your bar menu and read “Forbes” for more cocktail recipes.

Cocktail Menu Trends at The Anderson in the MIMo District of Miami

On Across the Bar, we look for the best cocktail spots across the country. Hosted by industry expert and cocktail enthusiast, Paul Barron, this show brings insight into beer, wine, and spirits trends so that you can see first-hand where the bar scene is heading.

On this episode, Paul visits The Anderson in the up and coming MiMo District of Miami. The Anderson opened its doors in the Spring for 2016 by the creators of the popular brand Broken Shaker and was honored with the recent accolade of one of Esquire’s Best Bars in America for 2018. The Broken Shaker team is known for setting trends and the revamp at The Anderson shows how in tune this group is with the current cocktail scene.

Dave Simmons, the bar manager at The Anderson, walks Paul through the new cocktail and food menu that has an interesting twist, 1980s style. The Andersons’ interior design details, food menu, music, and cocktails capture the essence of the '80s– Hey, everything was better in the '80s, right? Well, maybe not the crime rate in Miami.

With cocktails like “Hey You Guys!” and “Ticket to Paradise” us '80s babies feel right at home. Pair that with the new menu which elevates the typical bar/food experience. Guests can experience a variety of plates, including the Fried Rice that comes with coconut basmati, sweet plantains, and crab, pork, chicken or veggies; or those looking for a vegan-friendly option can go with the Choripan, made with Atlas vegan chorizo or Proper chorizo, chimi-aioli and crispy onions served on a baguette; or stay close to your Miami roots with the Cuban Quesadilla with roasted pork, chihuahua cheese, ham, pickles and mustard.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the back patio which features an authentic Caribbean rum shack!

Watch the episode above for more insights into The Anderson and cocktails from Across the Bar!

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I Want My A+TV

  • Herp Infused New Amsterdam Vodka

  • Lime

  • Ginger Syrup

  • Ginger Beer

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Ticket to Paradise

  • Spiced Infused Don Q Cristal Rum

  • Chinola Liqueur Swizzled with Lime

  • Mint

  • Passionfruit - Vanilla Reduction

  • Peychaud’s Bitters Float

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Hey You Guys!

  • Dry Gin

  • Aperol with Lemon

  • Pineapple and Pink Peppercorn Reduction


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Looking to offer classics and riffs of classic cocktails? Want to elevate your drink offerings? Looking for inspiration?

Consider these cocktail recipes featuring American-made spirits!

In this episode of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen and Bar our resident master mixologist, Oscar Castaneda, will demonstrate how to make two cocktails to help elevate your bar program any time of the year, featuring Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey and Knickerbocker Gin.

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Announced Monday, the deal is expected to be complete by the end of the second quarter.

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