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A Christmas Miracle hits the Northern Quarter

Winter is coming and what better way than to shake off those seasonal blues by eating and drinking yourself to your ‘happy place’ in a winter wonderland where it’s always Christmas? I fear that this may become an addiction.

Traditional Christmas fair…?

Welcome to Miracle, the Northern Quarter’s seasonal celebration spot with Christmas-themed drinks and traditional Christmas food with an Almost Famous twist. Turkey slathered in butter slammed on a roll and topped with delights! You want it don’t you?

Yes, Miracle is the home of the Miracle burger! Now this is a proper turkey burger, not like those rancid ones you remember from school dinners, oh no, proper shredded turkey, sausage stuffing, potatoes AND brussel sprouts. As well as some extra pigs in blankets for garnish (that’s my kind of garnish!). It’s also worth mentioning that Miracle has really produced a miracle by making brussel sprouts taste really, very good!

Chris Bull, a man who knows his burgers, fries and general junk food, usually flat-out refuses to eat turkey yet, he scoffed away a Miracle burger with pleasure. A true compliment to the chefs!

Along with the mouth-watering burgers we tried the beef in beer, which has as much booze in as the cocktails, and the gobble gobble gravy fries which are topped with shredded buttered turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy! Christmas really has come early this year.

Gobble Gobble Gravy Fries, Beef in Beer and the Miracle turkey sandwich

Lead in through the back of Socio Rehab and up the stairs (my female sense of direction was scrambled by then) we emerged into a wintery wonderland of cocktails and debauchery, as well as fantastical decorations to get you into the festive spirit, including this one by Kat Crass Stitch!

So, I can’t even believe it’s taken me six paragraphs to get on to the drinks… The fantastic Mr Tom Higham was on hand to provide the cocktails, plenty of festive cheer as well as general insults and creative cursing (thanks, Tom!).

But seriously, the cocktails are inspired! I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, especially when it comes to drinks, but these were divine. The Apres Ski works as a delicious post-burger palate cleanser and was accurately described as ‘a melted mint Vienetta in a glass’ by one Sarah Nosh. Yummy!

The Candy Cane Collins, which will probably become my ‘usual’, is a delightfully punchy vanilla vodka cocktail topped up with CREAM SODA! A very welcome blast from the past, seriously, why don’t I drink Cream Soda all the time? I’m questioning my decisions in life as I type.

Candy Cane Collins and Apres Ski

Tom has put so much effort into this cocktail menu and he loves it so dearly that he even differentiates the candy canes for different drinks; a seasoned pro.

As well as cocktails there is the traditional mulled wine, spiced cider and boozy hot chocolate to warm the cockles of an evening as well as some bottled beers, wines and spirits.

Miracle also has more sweet treats in the form of desserts! The ‘Sweet Things’ come as a skewer of delicious pastry/doughy/brownie-type delicacies with like a custard and nutmeg dip. So delicious I completely forgot to take a picture. What was I saying earlier about not having a sweet tooth? I think Miracle has changed me!

Now, if you like the finer things in life then the Xmas in New York is for you; a cocktail made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon topped up with Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and finished with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. It was as hedonistic and rich as it sounds and, granted I couldn’t drink too many, it truly hits the spot. In fact, it hits about 25 million different spots, it’s so damn good!

A Very Berry (with gin) Christmas and Xmas in New York

Miracle is launching to the masses this Thursday (22nd) at 6pm. The first 50 folk to show up will be treated to free food and the first 100 will each receive a free drink! So, don your Christmas jumper and lift those Christmas spirits into delicious, drunken oblivion…

(We all need more of Kat’s Christmas crafts in our lives, I’m sure you’ll all agree. So fuck your family off this Christmas by taking them some of her lovely work: http://folksy.com/shops/CrassStitchCrafts.)

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Cocktails in The City at Manchester’s Town Hall

Start the Easter weekend with an evening of ‘cocktail-making and drinks enlightenment’ in the beautiful surroundings of Manchester Town Hall’s Great Hall.

Cocktails in the City will take place at The Town Hall on Wednesday April 4 from 5.30pm – 10pm and tickets are now available.

Tickets are priced at £18 and on offer is three cocktails plus many more tasters to add to that. Also, demonstrations and various cocktail-making classes will be taking place throughout the evening.

The event brings together all of Manchester’s top cocktail bars – and some of the world’s finest drinks brands – to offer a night of sipping, socialising and spirited drinks tutoring.

These include an ‘Around the World With Rum’ session from The Liquorists from 6pm – 7pm and ‘Boutique Gins’ from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

However, if you’re more of a down-to-earth sort of person, you might want to visit the ‘Kitchen Cocktails’ demonstration between 6pm – 6.45pm which will be teaching you how to make delicious cocktails from store-cupboard ingredients.

With over 18 of the city’s top bars involved you can be sure you will go home satisfied. Some of the bars taking part are Apotheca, Black Dog Ballroom, Sandinista, Noho and Socio Rehab.

You’ll be treated to a variety of drinks and there will be something for every taste, including the likes of Ish Gin, The Kraken Rum, Havana Club, Grand Marnier and Grey Goose.

Andrew Scutts, founder of Cocktails In The City, said: “Cocktails In The City is basically a massive masterclass from all the best bars in Manchester under one roof.

“It’s a night of drinks entertainment and education,” he added.

Tickets cost £18 and you will receive £30 worth of cocktails, gifts and tutoring.

Last year’s Cocktails in the City went down very well with bars and tasters so secure your tickets now to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Buy tickets here: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Manchester-Town-Hall/Cocktails-in-the-City/11601318/