It’s the season for holiday pop-ups, and Sable Kitchen & Bar is hosting one, Miracle, for the first time.
The holiday cocktail lounge pop-up originated in New York and has two components: Sippin’ Santa, a tiki and beach-focused Christmas concept, and Miracle, a more wintry and traditional Christmas concept. This year Sable will host Miracle.
“We really wanted the opportunity to have guests have a new experience,” said Jenee Craver, beverage director for Sable.”We’re having a really fun time bringing the spirit of Christmas to life.”
The Miracle pop-up will run Nov. 23 to Dec. 31 and offer specialty cocktails and glassware consistent with the other Miracle pop-ups around the country. Craver said the staff at Sable has prepared for the pop-up since the summer and are excited to finally dress up and have fun with guests.
Miracle at Sable starts with Victorian carolers, complimentary cocktails and snacks, and a raffle guests can enter by bringing a toy for Toys for Tots.
The pop-up will offer 10 cocktails and two shots (one nice, one naughty), plus food, all of which is from Sable. Sip on drinks like the Snowball Old Fashioned, made with butterscotch rye, spiced demerara, wormwood bitters and orange zest, and snack on bites like Reindeer Poop, a “kitschy trail mix” with marshmallows, pretzel bites, raisins and chocolates.
All the drinks are poured in themed mugs and glassware — think of a barrel or a glass with Santa’s trousers being pulled down by a woodland creature. Craver’s favorite drink is the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F******, made with sweet potato Barbados rum, cachaca, Trinidad overproof rum, dry curacao, marshmallow orgeat and lime, served in a Santa’s pants mug. Menus are designed to look like caroling books.
“We definitely have a lot of work to get done, but it’ll be Christmas soon,” Craver said. “We’ll be getting all our barware from Cocktail Kingdom (an online retailer) and in a few days it’s going to be 30 boxes with your name on it waiting for you.”
505 N. State St., 312-755-9704, sablechicago.com
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