Miracle on First Street | She & Him Eats

Tis the season to be jolly Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! It's true for the first time the famous Christmas-themed pop-up bar Miracle is spreading it's holiday cheer at Paper Plane in San Jose! What started off as a pop-up in New York has grown into one of the biggest pop-up bar with more than 90 locations. Starting the day after Thanksgiving and through New Year’s Eve, Paper Plane has transformed into a winter wonderland with Christmas-themed cocktails! Join me today as we dive into Miracle on First Street She & Him Adventures Eats.

Ricky and I decided to head over to Paper Planes about an hour after their opening. Not too early and not too late because we knew this place would get busy, especially on a Saturday night. Upon entering Miracle on First Street, we were greeted by Jolly Old Saint Nick, well not literally but you know what I mean. I spy Ralphie! 
Candy Cane Poles! Yaaaas, Peppermint! They truly went all out with the decorations, everything was so cute! If you want to check out a video of the transformation, click here! Now let's get into the really good stuff, the Drinks!
After browsing the Miracle on First Street menu which I'll show you later, I decided to go with the Jingle Balls Nog, which contains Cognac, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Brown Butter, Cinnamon, Cherry, Vanilla, Almond Milk, Cream, Sugar, Egg, and Nutmeg. Ricky went with the Run Run Rudolph, which has Gin, Mulled Wine Purée, Lemon, and Prosecco. Run Run Rudolph is such a Ricky drink, he loves any cocktail that has Gin and Citrus. I tried it myself and it's so refreshing!
Now let me tell you a little bit about me, I love everything festive especially Egg Nog! So I knew Jingle Balls Nog was right up my alley when it comes to drinks. I don't know if was the egg nog or the booze but I immediately loved Jingle Balls Nog and drinking it from this cute little cup was the cherry on top! This was my first drink of the night and it was already a great start!

Paper Plane also created a couple of new holiday inspired dishes, like Turkey pot pie samosa, mashed potato sundae, and many more! So we knew we had to order a few to try...
The first dish we ordered was the Turkey Pot Pie Samosa, a creamy turkey stew wrapped in roti dough with a side of tarragon ranch dressing. This was so delicious and very theme appropriate. Ricky who normally does not like dressing especially ranch, kept on dipping his samosa into the tarragon ranch dressing. After we finished eating them, Ricky even mentioned should we order more.     
Our second dish was the Salmon and Avocado Tartare, a lightly cured salmon with avocado, radish, chill oil, shiso-yuzu granita, raspberry crisps, and white shoyu. This was a very interesting dish, was is good? Yeah. Would we order is it again? Most likely not. Don't get me wrong, it was good but texture wise it was weird. Maybe it was the granita melting in our mouths, I don't know but we did finish it because we loved the salmon and avocado. 
After we finished our food we decided to go for a second round of drinks. This time I went with the Bad Santa, a Hot Milk Punch with Barbados Rum, Trinidad Overproof Rum, Bavaria Arrack, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice, Almond Milk, 8 Spices, Coconut Water, and Coconut Oil. If that sounded like a lot, well I agree with you! Ricky ordered the Snowball Old Fashioned, with Butterscotch Rye, Spiced Brown Sugar, Wormwood Bitters, and Orange Zest. If you love a good Old Fashioned then you'll most like love the Snowball Old Fashioned. Ricky enjoy it and he said it had that festive kick with the spiced brown sugar and the snowball.
Now where do I even start with the Bad Santa?! I had high expectations for this drink. It looks so adorable especially with the dried pineapple. However, I'm usually not a fan of cocktails with rum but for whatever reason I thought I might like but I was wrong. It had a very strong punch flavor, it almost reminded me of Ponche Navideño which I don't like at all. I kept going back to it to see if I would like but unfortunately it was not my kind of drink.
Since I wasn't planning on finishing this cocktail we decided to have a mini photoshoot, because this mug was just too cute!

Yes I wasn't a fan of the Bad Santa, but they do have a pretty large selection of cocktails to choose from. And let me just say, the Koala-La La La, La La La La and the Gingerbread Flip sound delicious! I would of totally ordered the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! because that name is incredible and I love Die Hard but unfortunately it has rum and I did not want to make that mistake again.
Another round of Jingle Balls Nog and Snowball Old Fashioned, ah yes!
After we finished our drinks, we decided to take home a little gift to remember this night. We decided to buy the set of Egg Nog Mugs, I thought these mugs would be the perfect espresso cups and they're so cute and tiny. I was really tempted to take home the Santa Mug or the Christmas Carol Barrel but I already own way too many large mugs.
What a bright time, it's the right time to rock the night away...Ricky and I felt so jolly after Miracle on First Street that we decided to head over to Christmas in the Park, which I'll share with you all next week. Are you excited for Christmas? I know I am, especially after visiting Miracle on First Street. Have you visited any Christmas-themed pop-ups this year? If so let me know in the comments below. Happy Holidays!

What: Miracle on First Street,  Christmas-themed pop-up bar
Where: 72 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113
When: Now until New Year’s Eve
Open: Sun — Tues // 4:30PM — 12AM Wed — Sat // 4:30PM — 2AM


  1. This place looks so cute I love how festive it is. I'm sure Rudy would love to visit it. I'm about to send him the link to your post I'm not sure if he's even heard of it. Those mugs are so cute!

    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

    1. Awe! I really enjoyed it. I've always wanted to go to a Christmas bar so I was excited when I saw this one came to San Jose.

  2. The bar is too exciting! Plus, I love the festive decor and the cute mugs.


    1. Same here, I'm a sucker for cute festive decorations.


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