Miracle Pop-Up Bar Brings Christmas Cocktails to East 4th Street Next Week

Miracle Pop-Up Bar Brings Christmas Cocktails to East 4th Street Next Week

What began as a holiday-themed pop-up cocktail lounge in the midst of a New York City bar’s construction six years ago has now spread to dozens of bars around the world this Christmas season. And this year, the Miracle pop-up bar is hitting up a new spot in Cleveland: Society Lounge.

Miracle on 4th Street’s beverages — with wintery-themed drink names like a Snowball Old Fashioned (which includes Caramelized Pecan Bourbon, spices and citrus) — will be served Tuesday, Nov. 26, through Dec. 31 at an exceptionally blinged-out Society Lounge.

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A classic gimlet cocktail with a refreshing cucumber twist

A classic gimlet cocktail with a refreshing cucumber twist

In The Long Goodbye, a 1953 novel by Raymond Chandler, hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe says, “A real Gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice, and nothing else. It beats Martinis hollow.” No offense to Marlowe, but at Cleveland’s Society Lounge, you won’t find a bottle of Rose’s. The bar makes every item from scratch, other than the liquor itself.

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These two Columbus distilleries changed the way Ohio drinks

These two Columbus distilleries changed the way Ohio drinks

I’m originally from Ohio, home to many great bars and many more grateful drinkers. But if you asked me three years ago to name a bottle of booze made in the Buckeye State, I couldn’t. As much we Ohioans pride ourselves on our sense of community, our locavore culture doesn’t stretch as far and wide as it does in other states.

That’s changing. I recently spent a weekend in Cleveland touring the restaurant and bar scene. On cocktail menu after cocktail menu, I noticed the same two names popping up: Middle West Spirits and Watershed Distillery. They were mentioned in signature drinks and listed as sipping drams, and they weren’t from Kentucky, Japan or the Pacific Northwest. These were local spirits, from right here in Ohio, and everyone was drinking them.

Middle West and Watershed have a lot in common, as it happens. They’re both from Columbus and launched their businesses in the same year. And both distilleries had to overcome the biggest hurdle of all: the state of Ohio’s extremely draconian liquor laws.

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