While building out his New York City cocktail bar in 2014, Greg Hoehm decided to pause construction and transform the unfinished space into an over-the-top Christmas bar. Offering themed cocktails in a place decked out with holiday tchotchkes, that first pop-up bar soon blossomed into the nationwide concept Miracle. Now with 100-plus locations around the world and a Tiki-inspired spinoff, Sippin’ Santa, Miracle bars offer signature cocktails, such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, alongside their own creations. Here, a couple local bars show us how they’re getting into the Yuletide spirit this year.
True to its name, Julep is best known for its classic whiskey cocktails, but this year, the Kansas City bar is offering dozens of Christmas-inspired rum cocktails as part of the Sippin’ Santa pop up. In addition to Tiki drinks such as the Kris Kringle Colada with dark Jamaican rum, Cynar, allspice, lime and pineapple juices and cream of coconut, owners Beau Williams and Keely Edgington are serving up house specials such as the Holiday Cheer featuring bourbon, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, turbinado sugar and mint in a traditional julep tin and the Sugar Plum Old Fashioned. You can feel good about indulging: In honor of Williams and Edgington’s daughter, Lula, who is a cancer survivor, Julep will donate a portion of proceeds to Noah's Bandage Project, a local organization that funds pediatric cancer research. Sippin’ Santa runs Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 at Julep.
Julep, 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 104, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.216.7000, julepkc.com
The drink menu will include 10 holiday-themed drinks and two shots.
The owners of the venerable Planter’s House first introduced St. Louis to the Miracle concept with Miracle on Chouteau in 2016. This year, they’re building on the buzz with two holiday experiences: the Miracle pop up will return to sister bar Small Change in Benton Park, and the team will also offer the Sippin’ Santa experience at 3146 Locust Street in Midtown. Favorites such as Santa’s Helper, served in a Santa’s head mug, and Gelt-y As Charged, served in a Hanukkah glass, will return alongside a few new additions unique to St. Louis. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, for instance, features Wild Turkey 101 rye whiskey, Averell Damson plum gin, orgeat and an apricot-liquor rinse. Both pop ups run Nov. 25 through Dec. 28.
Small Change, 2800 Indiana Ave., Benton Park, St. Louis, Missouri, facebook.com/SmallChangeSTL