Tacky decor and boozy festive cocktails? It’s a Christmas Miracle!
If festive films have taught me anything, it’s that Christmas is a time for miracles. A time when singing can power Santa’s sleigh, eight year-olds can outwit burglars, and unsupervised kids can mount a festive takeover of an airport (honestly a cracking film, and a lot less terrifying than it sounds). And handily, news of London’s own Christmas miracle has just reached us, as riotous festive cocktail bar Miracle at Henrietta will land in the capital on November 23rd.
Miracle is already a sensation over in the US, so you’re quite right to assume that it’ll be bigger and less restrained than the usual English Christmas gathering. Outlandishly kitsch and totally extra, the bar of choice is festooned with floor-to-ceiling tinsel, lights, wrapping paper, and the occasional dancing Santa, in an almost overwhelming display of Christmas cheer. Born in New York in 2014, Miracle will encompass 70 bauble-filled destinations this year, each bearing the name “Miracle at X”. Setting up shop in London for the first time, the Miracle bar of choice is found in the Henrietta Hotel (hence the name).
What doesn’t vary from location to location is the drinks list, and that’s a very good thing. The professionally-mixed cocktails are just as outlandish as the decor, all bearing whimsical names like Christmopolitan (vodka, elderflower, vermouth, and absinthe mist) and Jingle Balls Nog (cognac, sherry, cream, milk, and spices). Immediately standing out for us are the Bad Santa – a hot toddy of cider, sherry, cinnamon, and popcorn & bacon butter – and the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!, which mixes sweet potato rum, cachaça, marshmallow orgeat, and lime. Mulled wine is so last year, darling.
Because that’s clearly not boozy enough, they’ve also got Naughty & Nice shots: Nice is a mixture of rum, peppermint, and chocolate, whilst Naughty is bourbon & cinnamon. All the drinks are served in gloriously tacky Christmas vessels, so you’ll be full of festive cheer by the time you tumble back to reality. Our advice? Go forth and sleigh those cocktails!
Find it at 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH, from November 23rd until December 24th. For more information, check out the website.
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