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Christmas Pop-Up Bar Miracle Is Bringing Holiday Kitsch and Cocktails to Philly

The seasonal pop-up will take over Nick Elmi’s ITV

Miracle, the Christmas pop-up bar
Melissa Hom

Christmas pop-up Miracle, which takes over bars around the world come holiday time, is heading back to Philly for the second year. Once again, it has set its sights on ITV, the cocktail bar from Nick Elmi at 1615 East Passyunk Avenue, next to the Top Chef winner’s lauded Laurel.

Now in more than 70 locations, Miracle started in New York City in 2014 when Greg Boehm, listening to advice from his mother, paused construction on his bar Mace in the East Village to decorate it for Christmas and serve wintery cocktails in the then-unfinished space. Miracle was a hit and has expanded to new cities every year since.

When Miracle arrives, it will transform ITV into a kitschy winter wonderland, complete with wondrous cocktails with a Christmas theme, like the Bad Santa with apple cider, Applejack, manzanilla sherry, lemon, cinnamon syrup, popcorn and bacon butter, and baked apple bitters. The drinks will be served in Santa mugs and other holiday glassware.

Miracle runs from the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 23) through the end of December. Last year, ITV hosted a gingerbread-house-building contest, threw an ugly sweater party, and brought in guest bartenders from New York, Lancaster, Baltimore, and other Philly venues to help shake up the festive cocktails during Miracle.

Drinks are served in themed mugs and glasses
Melissa Hom

Here’s the full drinks list:


Vodka, Elderflower, Dry Vermouth, Spiced Cranberry Sauce, Rosemary, Lime, Absinthe Mist

Snowball Old Fashioned
Butterscotch Rye, Spiced Demerara, Wormwood Bitters, Orange Zest

Bad Santa (served hot)
Apple Cider, Applejack, Manzanilla Sherry, Lemon, Cinnamon Syrup, Popcorn & Bacon Butter, Baked Apple Bitters

Christmas Carol Barrel
Aged Rum, Aquavit, Amaro, Pumpkin Pie, Demerara Syrup, Lime, Vanilla, Angostura Bitters

Koala-La La La, La La La La
Gin, Pine, Dry Vermouth, Lime, Eucalyptus Syrup, Orange Bitters

Gingerbread Flip
Bourbon, Gingerbread Syrup, Elemakule Tiki Bitters, Whole Egg, Nutmeg

Run Run Rudolph
Prosecco, Gin, Mulled Wine Puree, Lemon, Cane Syrup

Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!
Sweet Potato Barbados Rum, Cachaça, Trinidad Over Proof Rum, Dry Curacao, Marshmallow Orgeat, Lime

Jingle Balls Nog
Cognac, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Cherry, Vanilla, Almond Milk, Cream, Sugar, Egg, Nutmeg

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree
Reposado Tequila, Pear Brandy, Mezcal, Spiced Demerara Syrup, Lime, Egg White, Club Soda, Angostura Bitters, Cinnamon


Nice Shot
Rum, Peppermint, Chocolate

Naughty Shot
Bourbon, Cinnamon

ITV decorated for the holidays in 2017
ITV [official photo]


1615 East Passyunk Avenue, , PA 19148 (267) 858-0669 Visit Website


1615 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148 (267) 858-0669