If you’re looking for the merriest of martinis. This Very Merry Ornamentini is it! Who wouldn’t love a Christmas ornament cocktail?

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

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.

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

Let’s shake up this 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

Very Merry Ornamentini (Christmas Ornament Cocktail):

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

Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

If you liked this Christmas cocktail recipe, you’ll love these:

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

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.


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.

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. Also, I hope you enjoyed this unique and festive cocktail!

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.

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  • 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!

      • Debra Ruffing at

        Michael the balls that you filled…where did you buy them? I know that the craft ones have lead in them…ie Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. Someone sells them that are food safe but I am not finding them. I don’t have an account with Amazon so maybe they have them. A good excuse to join! If you can tell me where to buy them I would be so appreciative. My husband’s leukemia is out of remission again and I want to make some fancy drinks…although they have to be alcohol free I am going to try to make this one somehow without alcohol. Thank you for your help. I am so tired of being home…we are going to miss our vacation to Dollywood this autumn. I am relying on your crafts, foods(most important!), decor, etc to bring us to our own beautiful hotel for a stay at home vacation this year. His birthday is the 6th so would love to serve drinks in food safe ornaments.

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          Hi Debra, I think any glass ornament will work fine. It’s my understanding that most glass is food safe as it doesn’t leach chemicals into food like plastic. With that being said, I could be wrong, so please do your research. I used glass ornaments from Walmart.

          xo Michael

        • Guava at

          Try Seedlip instead of the vodka. It’s a non alcoholic “spirit”

  • 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


  • 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

    • Cidney Moore at

      The drink is very good! However it doesn’t have that same deep red. Suggestions?

  • 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


      I love this Very Merry Ornamentini. Since my Martini Glasses are different than these….can you tell me how many ounces that 3″ ornament held? Or how many ounces the glass held? Thank you.

  • Allison at

    LOVE this idea! Any tips on how to got the martini drink into the ornament??

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      A funnel. 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Linda Wiseman at

    What a fun idea! So creative and festive and your pictures are fantastic!

  • Michelle at

    Where can I get the ornaments?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Amazon, craft stores, Walmart, etc.

      xo Michael

  • Meryl at

    Where did you find food friendly glass ornaments?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I just used clear glass ornaments and washed them before adding the cocktail.

      xo Michael

    • Bob Denver at

      That’s my concern. Glass with lead in it probably isn’t very healthy.

  • Eudelia mouin at

    were can i get this glass ornaments. I really love this idea.

    • Jennifer Bussey at

      I just bought clear glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby and took the little top off. Once I cleaned them out, they were good to go. My girlfriends were impressed!

  • Bridget at

    I am trying this recipe for sure! Where did you get those rimmed martini glasses; I love them?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! I love the martini glasses too! They are linked under “Kitchen Essentials” on my shop page: https://inspiredbycharm.com/shop

      xo Michael

  • Jenny at

    I am so trying this….is n awesome Idea. Everything looks so beautiful

  • Sue at

    I am planning on presenting this super cool cocktail for my cocktail party this Christmas season. I found some plastic screw top baubles in Asda (they even have an authentic looking loop) – they originally held bubble bath for £1 each – but totally look the part and no fears about glass chips. Emptied, rinsed, rinsed, soaked and rinsed again – they are the perfect size. Just struggling with the Cherry Juice. It looks like I can get cherry juice concentrate in UK – but not just cherry juice. Just checking – is yours concentrate or fresh juice please? I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awesome! That sounds great, Sue! I found the cherry juice at the grocery store near the cranberry juice, pineapple juice, apple juice, etc. It comes in a bottle on the shelf. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • Elaina Prinzivalli at

    Hello, I looove this idea!! I am going to try it for my Christmas family gathering. I am sure it will be a festive hit. Can you tell me where you purchased those beautiful martini glasses from? Thanks, Merry Christmas! 🙂 Elaina

  • Lisa B. at

    I have a long narrow glass vase that I use for floral arrangements down the length of my dining table. I’m going to put crushed ice and cranberries in it and top it with a row of these beautiful martini ornaments at my next Christmas party. It will look so festive on the bar! Yhanks for the inspiration

  • Mrs. C at

    Tres darlin’! I loved scrolling your pictures! Bravo on such a spirited idea.

  • Stacie at

    I am in love with this cocktail! It was a bit hit at my girls night. Question, I have a larger event coming up and wondering if I can use this same recipe but make a large batch and serve in a dispenser? Would it come out okay? Thanks for your help!

  • Tiffany at

    This was a Huge hit at my girls Christmas cocktail party!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Katie at

    Love this idea! What size ornament did you use?!

  • Pamela at

    Your creativity is so amazing! I love looking at all of the pictures of your decorating, entertaining, etc. What talent you have. Merry Christmas!

  • Sue at

    I love this idea, it is so creative and classic. I like never been done before.

  • Kelly Hunter at

    Your bar cart styling is perfection! I love how it looks like a lot going on but in a simple minimalistic way. You have always inspired me and I love your style. Keep up the great work!

  • Tricia at

    OMG! This is so creative. I love it and sharing on my little cocktail blog.
    Thank you, thank you!

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