Happy Accidents to host a holiday-themed pop-up bar

The Christmapolitan is a specialty drink that is part of Miracle, a holiday pop-up bar at Happy Accidents in Nob Hill. (Courtesy of Melissa Hom Photography)

It’s already starting to look a lot like Christmas at Happy Accidents.

The venue — recently named Best New US Cocktail Bar at the 16th Annual Spirited Awards — is home to Miracle, a popular Christmas pop-up bar.

Running through December 31, The Miracle features kitschy, festive decor and a themed cocktail menu.

Drink specialties on the menu include Christmapolitan, Christmas Carol Barrel, Snowball Old-Fashioned, Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r!, Jingle Balls Nog, Nice Shot and Naughty Shot.

New to this year’s cocktail menu are Santa’s Little Helper, Christmas Cricket, Holiday Spiked Chai and Grandma Got Run Over By A T-Rex.

The celebratory drinks will be served at Happy Accidents at 3225 Central Ave. NE served at Nob Hill.

The Christmapolitan is created with vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, lime, rosemary and absinthe mist. Santa’s Little Helper contains gin, spiced caraway syrup, eucalyptus, sage, lime and seltzer. Tequila lovers will appreciate the Christmas Cricket, made with Blanco Tequila, Vanilla Liqueur, Mint Amaro, Coco Pandan, Cream, Mole Bitters, and Dark Chocolate.

The Holiday Spiked Chai gets you in the holiday spirit with Brandy, Jamaican Overproof Rum, Coffee Liqueur, Amaretto, Chai, Almond Milk, Egg White, Tiki Bitters and Nutmeg.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Santa Pants glassware goes to the Seva Foundation. (Courtesy of Melissa Hom Photography)

“It’s a nationwide pop-up happening across the country in cities everywhere,” said Kate Gerwin, co-owner of Happy Accidents. “New Mexico has never had one. I know the girl who runs it. She tried to come to New Mexico, contacted me and asked if we would be involved… The bar will be transformed into a very Christmassy winter setting with thousands of dollars worth of decorations and trees. I mean it’s overkill. The entire Christmas menu (has) cocktails inspired by the holidays. We have this incredible glassware. It is all Christmas glassware that is also available for purchase.”

At the end of the pop-up, Miracle will donate 10% of proceeds from the sale of Santa Pants, Christmas Carol Barrel and Santa Head’s signature glassware to the Seva Foundation, a global non-profit eye care organization that works with local communities around the world, self-sustaining programs to develop that restore vision. The organization, which has been operating since 1978, has provided eye care services to more than 46 million people around the world, according to a Miracle press release. For more information about the charity, visit seva.org.

The concept for Miracle began in 2014 when Greg Boehm transformed his Bar Mace into a winter wonderland in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. His mother’s advice served as a guide to opening Miracle on Ninth Street. Its successful recording then led to industry friends from all over the world reaching out to create Miracle’s holiday magic in their own bars. Böhm and General Manager Joann Speigel have taken the concept to a new level, with Speigel developing the recipes for the “cheerful and delicious” cocktails, according to the press release. All cocktails are served in unique tumblers and signature glassware.

For more information on the Christmas pop-up bar, visit happyaccidents.info or @happyaccidentsbar on Instagram.

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