‘Twas the night after Thanksgiving, and a miracle was about to take a place.
From Nov. 23 to Dec. 24, the nationwide Miracle pop-up bar will once again materialize at the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, when the existing lobby bar will transform into Miracle at the Marlowe, a winter holiday dreamscape complete with candy-cane ornaments hanging from the ceiling, Christmas carols playing in the background, and a full menu of inventive holiday drinks.
Some of those drinks are repeats from last year, including the Christmapolitan, a boozy concoction made with vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, and an absinthe mist, and the Snowball Old Fashioned, a twist on a classic that uses butterscotch rye, spiced demerara, wormwood bitters, and orange zest with a snowball-like ball of ice in the center.
But a few new drinks will also make an appearance. The lyrically-named And a Partridge in a Pear Tree is made with reposado tequila, pear brandy, and mezcal, and topped with an egg white froth, while the Koala-La La La, La La La features gin, pine, dry vermouth, lime, eucalyptus syrup, and orange bitters. Other new cocktails include the Christmas Carol Barrel and Gingerbread Flip.
The cocktails will all be served in custom Miracle glassware, which many locations will offer for purchase; Miracle will then donate 10 percent of select glassware sales to Action Against Hunger.
“The Miracle pop-up was incredibly popular last year with our hotel guests and local residents, so we’re excited to bring it back for a second year,” Amanda McBride, general manager of Bambara Kitchen and Bar and supervisor of the Miracle concept at Kimpton Marlowe, said in a statement. “Our team, dressed in their favorite ugly sweaters, looks forward to Miracle as much as our guests do!”
In addition to cocktails, executive chef David Bazirgan will offer a handful of snacks to pair with the festive drinks: holiday cake pops, spiced cashews, pork belly buns, dan dan noodles, and thick cut fries.
Miracle is a concept that came to existence in 2014 in New York City, when Greg Boehm was in the midst of opening his East Village cocktail bar Mace. After transforming the unfinished space with holiday decorations and themed cocktails, the pop-up bar became a hit among the bartender community. This year, over 80 bars around the world will host their own Miracle pop-up. A new concept called Sippin’ Santa also launched in conjunction with Miracle this year, and tiki aficionado Jeff “Beachbum” Berry has created tiki-inspired holiday drinks to be served at 12 locations across the U.S.
Miracle at the Marlowe, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge; Nov. 23–Dec. 24, Sundays–Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays–Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight; hotelmarlowe.com
Correction 11/26/2018: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that that there is only one other Massachusetts location of Miracle. Miracle pop-up bar is also at Mystic Station in Malden. Boston.com regrets the error.