The giveaway has ended. Congrats and Happy Holidays to the winner, Lizzy F.!

We’ve made it halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas! That deserves a cocktail.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Welcome to Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas here on IBC. I’m so happy to have you with me for this merry series. In celebration of reaching the midway point, I thought a cocktail was in order. Today we are making a Very Merry Ornamentini. Plus, there’s a spectacular giveaway thanks to our friends over at Grandin Road. (If you’ve been dreaming of adding a bar cart to your home, then this is the giveaway for you!)

Let’s start things off with the cocktail.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

As you can imagine, it’s a lot of fun to brainstorm ideas for this series, but it can be a bit stressful, too. (You can read more about my creative thinking process here.) When planning 12 Days, I knew I wanted to include a cocktail. With the success of my Jingle Juice Holiday Punch last year, I had some big glasses to fill. Literally. My initial thought was to make a Hot Cocoa Martini, but a quick web search revealed that it had been done many times over.

Then, as I was putting together my clear glass ornament gift ideas a few days ago, it hit me. Why not make a holiday martini, but serve it in a glass ornament!? I loved the idea, but wondered if had been done before. After a quick Google and Pinterest search, I was thrilled to see it hadn’t been tackled. #winning

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Following some experimentation and decision making, the perfect seasonal martini recipe was born. Thus, I present to you the Very Merry Ornamentini!

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Tell me that this isn’t one of the most festive and fun martinis ever. I’m certain Buddy the Elf would approve.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

First, let’s talk about the actual cocktail. I opted to create a variation on a classic cosmopolitan. With vodka as the base, I added cranberry juice, cherry juice, orange liqueur, and a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Adding cherry juice and substituting orange juice for lime juice is what makes this drink different and seasonal. The cherry juice gives it a beautiful deep red color and the orange juice suits this time of year. The resulting flavor combination is deliciously classic with a twist.

Garnished with a few of those sugared cranberries I taught you how to make here, plus a sprig of fresh rosemary, this martini is Christmas AF.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Now, you’re probably wondering how to serve this.

You could pop a straw in the ornament or drink directly from it. However, I don’t love either of those ideas. That’s not how to enjoy a martini.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

My suggestion is to serve the cocktail in the ornament and invite each guest to pour the cocktail over the cranberries into a glass. Or if you’re hosting a dinner party, you can present it and pour it for your guests.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Sidenote: As you can imagine, ornaments weren’t designed for pouring liquids. What I’ve learned is to only fill them about 90% full and to pour slowly into the martini glass. This will help prevent spills.

These martinis do take a little longer to prepare, but they can be made in advance. Mix up the cocktails several hours before your party (or the morning of) and portion them into the ornaments. Pop them in the refrigerator and pull them out when it’s serving time. That way there’s no fuss during the actual gathering.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Christmas cocktail perfected. What do you think?

I’d recommend these for a party of up to 10 people. If you’re serving a crowd, definitely check out my Jingle Juice Holiday Punch.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Let’s shake up a few!

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini

Makes 4 martinis

Here's what you will need:
1 cup vodka (I prefer Tito's.)
1/2 cup orange liqueur (I prefer Cointreau.)
1/2 cup cherry juice*
1/4 cup cranberry juice*
1/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed with pulp removed
Sugared cranberries (recipe HERE) and fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish

*Use 100% juice. I found mine in the juice aisle at Walmart. It should be readily available.

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.

Using a funnel, pour the mixture into four 3-inch clear glass ornaments that have been rinsed. Replace the topper on each ornament.

Add sugared cranberries and a rosemary sprig to four martini glasses. Set the ornament in the glass to serve. Before drinking, slowly pour the contents of the ornament onto the cranberries.

Print

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

I know I say this a lot, but this might be my new favorite thing. I vow not to drink a cocktail this holiday season unless it’s served in an ornament. Haha!

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Cheers, friends!

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Throughout this post, I hope you’ve also been admiring my new bar cart. I shared it with you in my Holiday Home Tour, but wanted to give it a little more attention today. (Hint. Hint.)

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

It’s the Oak Park Bar Cart from Grandin Road. It’s definitely a big upgrade from my previous bar cart which was an old metal stand I picked up for $8 at Goodwill many years ago.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Naturally, I filled it with some seasonal and staple liquors as well as lots of fun accessories, trays, glassware, and holiday touches. I even found room to hang a plaid and sequined stocking that matches my tree skirt. (I’ve linked up a few of my bar cart accessories like the cocktail shaker, brass pitcher, and ornaments on SHOP IBC. Click here for links.)

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

All-in-all, I’m loving the change and rich look it gives my dining room. My friends at Grandin Road thought it looked pretty fabulous too and have generously offered to allow me to give away an Oak Park Bar Cart (valued at $599) as part of the 12 Days of Christmas! Yay!

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

That’s right, today I’m giving away an Oak Park Bar Cart to one lucky IBC reader.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Per usual, to enter to win, use the entry form below. (Those viewing this on a blog reader may need to visit the actual post by clicking here.)

 


 

This giveaway is open to readers in the United States. You must be 18 or older to win. Void where prohibited. This giveaway will end at 11:50 pm ET on Thursday, December 15. The winner will be randomly selected, contacted by email, and announced at the top of this post.

 

Best of luck to everyone!

I hope you enjoyed this unique and festive cocktail and are as excited as I am about today’s giveaway. A big thanks to Grandin Road for being so generous.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Join me back here tomorrow for Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas when I’ll be showing you around my holiday kitchen and sharing a delicious sweet treat.

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2016

Comments

  • JoeyfromSC at

    Pour me one please lol
    This is incredible!! I want to be in your brain for a day lol

    I truly love it!!! & that bar cart is awesome!
    Thanks for the chance to win it. I currently try don’t have one at all lol:(

    Your blog/ideas & amazing photography inspires me alot Michael! Happy Holidays!

  • Karen at

    Hi … Just want to say that I entered under my work email (kmagee@) but most of all of my social accounts are under my gmail (klynnnn@) just wanted to make sure I get all my entries for this awesome bar cart! ;).

    Do you have a source for the cocktail shaker?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awesome! Thanks for entering.

      And yes, I have the cocktail shaker linked up on my shop page: inspiredbycharm.com/shop

      xo Michael

      • JoeyfromSC at

        Cool! Thanks!

  • Elle at

    That drink, that bar cart….I have no words to tell you how much I love both. Please keep amazing us!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re too kind! Thank you so much! I’m loving them too!

      xo Michael

  • Artemis at

    Love, love, love this yummy ornament idea! Love your tree this year as well its breathtaking.
    Great inspiration as I’m decorating with the same colors inspired by my new place! Great ideas that I will definitely follow.
    ****I have been eyeing this bar cart for months from Grandin Road fingers crossed. Great job on your $8 find. Just beautiful. ***

  • Lisa at

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE it! What a wonderful, festive, and SO unique way to present a cocktail! It makes me wish that I was hosting a party this year. I think you’ve out done yourself with this one!

  • CathyH at

    This drink look so pretty! Great ideas!

  • Patricia at

    How stinking cute is that martini! So copying this one- you’ll make me look like a genius! Especially if I had a cool bar cart!!!!

  • Susan at

    Cutest idea for a martini EVER!! You have the most creative ideas!

  • Debra at

    Michael! Again with the geniusness! Thank you Mr. Martini!

  • Therese at

    I love checking out your blog – you always have beautiful pictures and fabulous ideas! I must say, this ornamentini is both brilliant and beautiful! I can’t wait to make these and blow away my dinner party guests. So clever. Thank you.

  • Sandra L. at

    Fantastic! This are oh my Make for Christmas list and pinned it so I have reference to it.

    I have wanted a bar cart for longer than I can remember but being disabled on a fixed income somehow the bills always insist on being paid. Would love to win, of course.

  • Mandy at

    Genius! The ornamemtini is the best thing I have ever seen! I will totally be using this fab idea this holiday season and for many more to come!

  • Shelly@ConfettiStyle at

    What a brilliant idea and such a great way to put a new twist on a holiday cocktail party. I’m totally inspired by your ornamentini!

  • chris aka monkey at

    how freaking cute are these drinks and the bar cart is mind blowing xx merry Christmas

  • Wawoo at

    Having an ornament exchange at work … I am so bringing a Very Merry Ornamentini!!

  • Ardith at

    Mad design skills. Check. Inspired photography talent. Check. Innate mixology and entertaining creativity. Check.

  • Sara at

    This is the best thing EVER!! Love how it looks and can’t wait to taste it… Thanks for your constant inspiration!! Can we talk about those little tree-topped stirrers? Source?

    • C Moore at

      I would like to know where to get the stirrers too! Adorable!

  • Judi at

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!!

  • Meredith at

    Beyond creative!!!! You provided the best idea I’ve seen in years!

  • jae at

    Now that is an awesome drink idea! Great presentation. Thanks for sharing with us. Cheers!

  • Malanie at

    Great design, love the idea!

  • LAURA at

    I’m never going to look at Christmas balls the same! Simply delightful presentation of what sounds like a delicious cocktail! Can’t wait to WOW my guests!

    • Jennifer at

      Okay, now I see that the correct links are in the actual recipe! But in the text, they go to the Jungle Juice recipe.

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        Oops! Sorry about that. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll adjust. 🙂

        xo Michael

        • Jennifer Bussey at

          The evening was a huge success! Everybody was freaking out over the cocktail presentation. Bonus: The cocktail’s not just cute, people, it’s delicious! I also served your caramel apple cream cheese spread. On my table that sits under my knock-off Pottery Barn chandelier like yours. It was a Michael-y Christmas-y happy hour. Thanks for making me look good!

        • Jennifer Bussey at

          The evening was a huge success! Everybody was freaking out over the cocktail presentation. Bonus: The cocktail’s not just cute, people, it’s delicious! I also served your caramel apple cream cheese spread. On my table that sits under my knock-off Pottery Barn chandelier like yours. It was a Michael-y Christmas-y happy hour. Thanks for making me look good!

          TIP: Put your sugared cranberries in the freezer before your serve them. They keep your drink cold.

  • Kim at

    I wanted to find a small 2-4 oz round glass bottles that I could fill with my xmas gifts of homemade liqueurs. The bottles could be fixed to have a clip to use as an ornament. Any ideas where I can find what I’m looking for?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Start with Amazon or check local craft stores.

      xo Michael

  • Tonja Barnebee at

    These were great and very pretty. I love that they could be made ahead.

  • Kim at

    I stumbled upon this page through Pinterest and I was wondering if the metal piece from the ornament top affects the flavor of the drink. Those things can rust sometimes or have a dust on it that I find would not be sanitary for the drink(er). Thoughts?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Kim, I had no issues with the metal topper affecting the flavor or rusting. Maybe if they were stored for an extended period of time (which I really wouldn’t recommend) you might have more an of issue. As with anything food related, I recommend washing and drying before use. Also, you can just not use the metal piece if that still bothers you.

      xo Michael

  • Linda at

    I have one tiny concern here, what if when removing the top the glass breaks? I’m only saying this not to criticize in ANY way, but this happened to me when I tried to use these to fill with various confetti once for a special treee I was designing for a friend. A chunk of glass from around the rim broke off. It could happen and without knowing fall in someone’s glass. Just a friendly FYI!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Linda, you’re totally right. As with anything glass, this could happen. Obviously don’t serve the drink if the glass chips or breaks. If it’s just a chip, you can strain the liquid (cocktail) with a coffee filter if you want to save the drink and try again.

      Also, for a fool-proof presentation, use the clear plastic ornaments. Not as chic, but no risk of breaking.

      xo Michael

  • Jenny at

    Please tell me what you do with the ornaments after you have used all or part of the martini mix? Won’t they tip and spill? Don’t really want my table cloths stained. Was thinking maybe a silver napkin ring to set on it’s side and set the ornament in? What did you do to prevent a messy stain. Really want to try this! Great idea.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Jenny, the contents of my ornament fit perfectly into my martini glass so I didn’t have any extra that would spill. The empty ornaments can be placed into a bowl or the sink to be cleaned. Only fill the ornament with enough liquid to fill your martini glass. The glass ornaments comes in a few different sizes. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

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