The old-fashioned—with handmade snowball ice cubes that, simply from an outsider looking in, feel like could easily be the bane of bartender in having to create—returns with its gingerbread base but somehow has a warmer feel to it this year. And yes, that warmth could very well be the a byproduct of the fact that that last year's holiday season was a no-bar, no-restaurant, no-socializing stretch of isolation and This-Christmas-Is-Shitty sentiment but I am hopeful that in reality, it was just a better made cocktail.
There's even an ode to the early 2000s cocktail obsessions that was the Midori Sour, a loving that was your sweetheart-until-it-projected-onto-the-pavement type of relationship for young drinkers. While it doesn't remotely exude the horrid fake-melon-flavor-forward that is the traditional Midori Sour, it is served in a T-Rex-as-Santa mug and it is far more incredibly balanced than you would think.
And then there's the star, the newest drink of them all: The Oh Dasher. Creamy, foamy, marshmallow-y, this wondrous concoction is nothing short of a pain in the ass to create—black pepper, cardamon, and marshmallow fluff are turned into a creamy base before shaken with egg white, gin, vanilla liqueur, and lemon only to be topped with a toasted marshmallow—but well worth the efforts of your bartender. (So treat them kindly by recognizing their services.)
From a Midori Sour-inspired tequila cocktail served in a T-Rex-gone-Santa mug to an ode to "Die Hard" with the Yippie Ki Yay Motherfucker! cocktail, Miracle caters to the whimsical and outright awesome aspects of all things American Holiday Season.
And with a limited amount of Miracles occurring in California, it is likely that The Ordinarie is one of the few in the entire state, let alone the region, that are doing it.
Miracle Pop-Up has built a name for itself around the world by doing one thing: taking over local bars and turning them into excessively decorated, kitschy as all hell, outright overwhelming and wonderfully warming watering holes that are saturated in the spirit of the holidays.
Birthed in 2014 as a way to briefly activate a very inactive space—Greg Boehm's unfinished bar in the East Village—bartenders and the bar industry quickly took notice of what became a local cult hit. And they wanted to mimic what Boehm had done.
The intricacy and damn straight over-the-top-ness of Boehm's creation, however, proved hard to mimic and exhausting to recreate on one's own, leading to the creation of one of the most interesting and lucrative pop-up businesses of the decade. With more than 100 locations worldwide, Miracle takes the inspiration of “Miracle on 34th Street” and moves it into bars across the country.