The spirits of the season
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Fairhaven Winterfest is going to have a different vibe this year, but from Nov. 27-Dec. 20 the annual holiday celebration in the historic district will go on—albeit with less events apt to draw a crowd, pandemic-related safety protocols in place, and shorter, socially distanced visits with Father Christmas.
One thing there will be more of are the spirits of the season. On opening weekend, Holiday Cocktail Kits can be preordered from select Fairhaven bars and restaurants for pickup from 12pm-5pm Fri., Nov. 27 or Sat., Nov. 28 at evebt headquarters. Most cost $50, and will contain all the ingredients needed for as many as 12 cocktails. Not only will you be setting yourself up for a series of post-Thanksgiving toasts, you’ll also be helping out the venues during a time of constrained service—something you should continue to do until and after they’re safely able to reopen for indoor dining.
Examples of what’s available include Mexican Hot Chocolate from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, Winter Mules via the Black Cat, Hot Apple Toddies from Colophon Cafe, London Sunrise courtesy of Milano’s, Bundle Love by Big Love Juice, Sonic the Hedge Nog at 1-Up Lounge, a Ginger Elixir concoction sourced by Galloway’s Cocktail Bar and, from the magical elves at Swim Club, “Christmaspolitans” comprised of vodka, spiced cranberry sauce, elderflower syrup, lime mixer, rosemary garnishes and associated glassware.
In the past couple of years, Swim Club was also the headquarters for the Miracle Holiday Pop-up Bar. The cocktail-focused event began in New York City in 2013, and five years later was taking place at more than 80 locales across the world—including Swim Club, which joined the party by decking out its corner space on 11th Street with nearly two dozen Christmas trees of various sizes, a life-sized Santa and plenty of seasonal cocktails and associated merch.
When my date and I first checked out Miracle in the winter of 2018, I ordered a tequila, mezcal and pear brandy concoction called a Partridge in a Pear Tree while my guy went for the aforementioned Christmaspolitan, which he said tasted “like frozen fizzy fruit and happiness” (I tested to confirm, and he was correct).
Swim Club is only open for takeout at this point, as is its sister bar, Gainsbarre. But from 3pm-6pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3pm-8pm Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23, the latter will transform into a pop-up retail shop complete with Miracle cocktail kits, glassware and festive decor. They’ll also be serving up warm beverages for customers of all ages to enjoy in their outdoor holiday parklet while bringing cheer to the Southside.
“Think of a cozy ski lodge in the mountains during Christmas time, a place to grab your warm drink and enjoy the smell of pine trees,” Gainsbarre’s Dutchie Broersma says. “Our goal is to be as safe as possible during this time but to bring you that very special holiday comfort and joy we have had the pleasure of sharing with you the past two years.”
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