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Christmas bar NYC: At Miracle on Ninth Street cheer and cocktails

For the second year, cocktail bar owner Greg Boehm has transformed his Alphabet City bar Mace into a hoppin' holiday-themed watering hole.

The cheer here is unstoppable: expect all the songs (curated by Boehm), vintage Christmas cards, a yule log, Santa hats and kitschy yet delicious cocktails.

Here's why you should visit Miracle on Ninth Street (649 E. 9th St.) this holiday season. It's open through Dec. 24.

You can order from the Hanukkah or Christmas menu

Owner Greg Boehm is Jewish but actually grew
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Owner Greg Boehm is Jewish but actually grew up celebrating Christmas. Both menus list the same drinks.

Don't sleep on the Bad Santa...

This cocktail is buttery and warm and perfect
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

This cocktail is buttery and warm and perfect for a chilly night. Bartender Nico de Soto created all the cocktails including this one, a hot clarified milk punch with Jamaican rum, Trinidad Overproof Rum, Batavia Arrack, pineapple juice, lemon juice, milk, 8 spices, coconut water and coconut oil. $14.

Take a sip of the Christmas Tree Gimlet

Served in a beautiful coupe adorned with the
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Served in a beautiful coupe adorned with the word Miracle, this Gimlet is made with Shochu, pine needle cordial and grapefruit oil. It's a refreshing cocktail that stands in contrast with the heavier drinks popular during the holiday season.

Most of the holiday drinks are served in glassware made by the barware company Cocktail Kingdom (cocktailkingdom.com), also co-owned by Boehm.

Get down with the Jingle Balls Nog

Nog! Nog! Nog! This perennial favorite is made
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Nog! Nog! Nog! This perennial favorite is made extra special at Miracle on Ninth Street. Brown butter fat-washed cognac is combined with Amontillado Sherry, pandan syrup, egg, hazelnut milk, clove and nutmeg -- and the result is an intoxicating and fancy variation on a classic.

More cocktails: Muletide with Aquavit, Sherry and ginger; The Grinch with Rye whiskey, sherry and frankincense smoke; Christmapolitan with fig-leaf infused vodka, St. Germain and spiced cranberry sauce; Candy Cane Fizz with peppermint-infused gin, buttermilk syrup, clementine acid and Prosecco. All $14.

Who wants to play Santa?

Santa hats are worn by all the staff
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Santa hats are worn by all the staff and adorn the chairs, too. Because everyone wants to play Santa.

Welcome to the Hanukkah Hideaway

Boehm's mother came up with the Miracle on
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Boehm's mother came up with the Miracle on Ninth Street concept, and because the family is Jewish, the Hideaway is an homage to her.

And as for cocktails, if you're hanging in the Hideaway, get the Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel (Not Made of Clay) cocktail.

Decor for days

When Mace isn't decorated for the Miracle on
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

When Mace isn't decorated for the Miracle on Ninth Street pop-up, these jars are filled with spices. But for Christmas, they instead hold treasures like Santa's heads and candy.

Vintage Christmas cards line the wall

Boehm has been collecting Christmas cards for years,
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Boehm has been collecting Christmas cards for years, and the best hang on the back wall of the bar.

Presents for you and for me

Boehm says Miracle on Ninth Street is all
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Boehm says Miracle on Ninth Street is all about feeling good. "You have to have had a really bad day to leave here not happy," he said.

Twinkling lights!

Head to Miracle on Ninth Street for after-work
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Head to Miracle on Ninth Street for after-work drinks. 'Tis the season!

Stuff those stockings

Don't we all just love to see our
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Don't we all just love to see our names on stockings (preferably filled with presents?!)

There's a lot to look at!

Each jar on the wall at Miracle on
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Each jar on the wall at Miracle on Ninth Street has something fun inside. Boehm said he expects some "Bad Santas" who've had a few too many holiday cocktails to go for one of the candy jars some time soon! It won't be us!

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