It’s hard to imagine that Tin Widow, a cozy cocktail lounge that co-owner Sam Berman jokes "feels like your grandparents' basement in 1978," could create a cuter or toastier ambiance, but it happened.
Last week, Tin Widow, 700 S. 2nd St., transformed into "Miracle On Second Street," a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar concept created by Greg Boehm in New York City in 2014. This year, there are more than 80 "Miracle bars" throughout the world.
Miracle on Second Street features two Christmas trees, hundreds of holiday decorations – including an impressive array of ornaments suspended from the ceiling – and thousands of Christmas lights. Berman credits his girlfriend for most of the festive decor, but we're fairly certain Buddy from Elf had a mittened hand in it, too.
There are 10 cocktails ($12 each) on the Miracle menu and all are served in custom Cocktail Kingdom glassware, including mugs, coupes, highballs and rocks glasses. The glassware is for sale and 10 percent of the proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger.
Here are the 10 Miracle cocktails:
- Christmopolitan (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)
Miracle on Second Street opens at 7 p.m. every night through Christmas Eve.
"The response so far has been phenomenal," says Berman.
Molly and Sam had a tree-side chat earlier this evening about the particulars of this Yuletide lounge:
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.