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Holiday pop-ups to visit at Dream downtown, Eataly and more

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Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6:36 PM

A bartender serves up The Grinch cocktail at Miracle on Ninth, a pop-up at Mace.Courtesy of Gabi Porter/ Miracle on 9th

A bartender serves up The Grinch cocktail at Miracle on Ninth, a pop-up at Mace.

Like your money during gift-giving season, these spots will be gone before you know it.

New York restaurants, bars and hotels are transforming spaces into festive holiday pop-ups, complete with themed cocktails.

And kitschy Christmas lights and fake snow don’t have to mean diluting the quality of these festive drinks.

“We wanted the place to scream Christmas, but with serious cocktails,” says Greg Boehm, who launched Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack at Boilermaker in the East Village last week after gaining much success from his holiday pop-up Miracle on Ninth last year, now back by popular demand.

So before it’s too late, grab a drink at one of these limited-time winter wonderlands.

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Bad Santa Good Spirits Holiday Market, at Loosie Rouge

(91 S. 6th St., Williamsburg; through Jan. 1., daily, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.)

Sip seasonal cocktails while on the outdoor patio browsing for a Christmas tree or gifts and jewelry made by local artists.

The drinks here might get you on Santa’s naughty list.

“After a few, you never know who’s going to cause trouble,” says Vashali Johnson, curator of the market pop-up that pays homage to 2003’s crude Christmas flick “Bad Santa.”

For the White Rabbit ($ 12), mixologist Arnaud Dissais infuses gin with dry mushrooms and adds vermouth, miso and parsley cordial. It’s served warm. The kooky cocktail is inspired by a far-out Far East story of Santa and his reindeer eating hallucinogenic shrooms .

Another hot drink is the The Grog Up ($ 12), made with bourbon, sherry, ginger cordial, pear cider, nutmeg and pecan paste.

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Baita, at Eataly’s La Birreria rooftop restaurant

(200 5th Ave., Flatiron; through March, Sunday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m; Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – midnight)

Feel like you’re in the Italian Alps without leaving Flatiron. Baita, Italian for cabin or small ski lodge, has transformed Eataly’s rooftop brew bar into an evergreen oasis adorned with plaid blankets and covered in faux snow.

Unwind with the Vin Brule — mulled red wine steeped with cloves, cinnamon, star anise and orange peel ($ 9), or savor the Earl Grey Tea made with amaro and bourbon ($ 14). Hearty bites include a selection of dishes with raclette — a nutty and sweet cow’s milk cheese aged at least three months and served with smoked pork loin, pickled vegetables or sweet berries and potatoes.

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Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack, at Boilermaker

(13 First Ave., East Village; through Dec. 24, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

Forget a sleigh, Santa will need a surfboard to get into this bar.

The spot’s normal retro-style ambiance was transformed by six elves (staffers) over 14 hours, who adorned it with Christmas lights, wrapped presents hung from the ceiling, stockings embroidered with pink flamingos and toy Santas in sunglasses that line the bar.

Now the bar screams “Mele Kalikimaka” — Hawaiian for Merry Christmas.

“When you’re listening to rockabilly versions of Christmas songs and sipping on a pine-infused cocktail, it’s kind of hard not to get into the Christmas spirit,” says Boehm, who adds that The Beach Boys’ Christmas album influenced the tiki-themed pop-up complete with a massive surfboard and a hula girl-printed bamboo curtain.

The menu features eight specialty cocktails ($ 14 each), along with the bar’s regular menu of burgers and wings.

The bartenders, clad in turquoise Hawaiian shirts, make frozen snow balls behind the bar with an ice shaving machine. They’re used for a cocktail called A Snow Balls Chance — scotch, pineapple cordial, Allspice Dram and a dash of absinthe.

Warm up with the Sexy Santa, served hot and made with brandy, cabernet sauvignon, cinnamon, angostura bitters and grapefruit essence.

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The Dream Lodge, at Dream Downtown

(355 W. 16th St., Chelsea; through Jan 2, daily, noon – 4 a.m.)

The lobby of this hotel is adorned with icicles made from acrylic, a mosaic mountain, a cabin made from reclaimed birch wood and real Douglas Fir trees.

The spot is perfect for sipping spiked hot chocolate by the fireplace. The drink is made with melted dark chocolate, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, Cinnamon and habanero syrup and aged tequila with a touch of cream.

Hot chocolate is spiked with Ancho Reyes Liqueur at Dream downtown's Dream Lodge pop-up.Andrew Coury/Courtesy of the Dream hotel

Hot chocolate is spiked with Ancho Reyes Liqueur at Dream downtown’s Dream Lodge pop-up.

The Lobby at the Dream Hotel has been transformed into a cozy lodge complete with a spike hot chocolate drink.Courtesy of the Dream hotel

The Lobby at the Dream Hotel has been transformed into a cozy lodge complete with a spike hot chocolate drink.

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  • The Dream Hotel turned its lobby into a winter wonderland with this Hot Chocolate cocktail. Credit: Courtesy of the Dream hotel.
  • The Lobby at the Dream Hotel has been transformed into a cozy lodge complete with a spike hot chocolate drink.

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“[The liqueur] adds a unique spice component and a cool addition to the flavor profile,” says beverage director Drew Sweeney. “The chocolate balances the habanero.”

For fans of icy drinks, the cocktail is also made cold, shaken over ice and strained into a martini glass.

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Miracle on Ninth, at Mace

(649 E. 9th St., East Village; through Dec. 24, Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.)

You’ll fit right in with an ugly Christmas Sweater at this over-the-top pop-up bar that’s back for its second year.

The drinks are created by Nico de Soto, formerly of the Experimental Cocktail Club, and they’re served in tacky ceramic snowman mugs and jolly Santa cups.

Try The Grinch ($ 14), made with rye whisky, sherry, pine bitters and frankincense smoke.

A sweeter sip is the Candy Cane Fizz ($ 14) made with peppermint-infused gin, buttermilk syrup, clementine acid, and prosecco.

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