Very Merry Ornamentini (Christmas Ornament Cocktail)

If you’re looking for the merriest of martinis you need this Very Merry Ornamentini. It’s the ultimate Christmas cocktail served in an ornament. It’s as beautiful as it is delicious!

Very Merry Ornamentini |
Very Merry Ornamentini |

Ornamentini Christmas Cocktail

I was recently brainstorming new holiday cocktail recipes. When I stumbled upon some clear glass ornaments 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. (I created this idea back in 2016. It’s not 2022 and there are hundreds of these. I still like to credit myself as the originator.)

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

Tell me that this isn’t one of the most festive and fun martinis ever.

Want more Christmas cocktails? Try these:

Very Merry Ornamentini |
Very Merry Ornamentini |

What goes in an ornamentini:

First, let’s talk about the actual cocktail. I opted to create a variation on a classic cosmopolitan.


  • vodka as the base,
  • cranberry juice,
  • cherry juice,
  • orange liqueur,
  • and a splash of freshly squeezed orange juice.

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You’ll also need some ornaments. That’s what makes this Christmas cocktail so special! I used glass because it’s a bit more elegant, but plastic will work too.

Very Merry Ornamentini |
Very Merry Ornamentini |
Very Merry Ornamentini |

Recipe Notes:

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |
Very Merry Ornamentini |

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 |
Very Merry Ornamentini |

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

Very Merry Ornamentini |

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 |

Cheers, friends!

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Very Merry Ornamentini

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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, christmas cocktail, holiday, ornamentini
Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
If you’re looking for the merriest of martinis you need this Very Merry Ornamentini. It's the ultimate Christmas cocktail served in an ornament. It's as beautiful as it is delicious!


  • 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 (linked in notes) and fresh rosemary sprigs to garnish


  • 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.



Sugared cranberries recipe can be found HERE. You can also just use regular fresh cranberries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 0.04gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.3mg
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  • jae at

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

  • Meredith at

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

  • Judi at


  • 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!

  • Ardith at

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

  • Wawoo at

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

  • chris aka monkey at

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

  • [email protected] 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Debra at

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

  • Susan at

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

  • CathyH at

    This drink look so pretty! Great ideas!

  • 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!

  • 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. ***

  • 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

  • Karen at

    Hi … Just want to say that I entered under my work email ([email protected]) but most of all of my social accounts are under my gmail ([email protected]) 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:

      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”

  • 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!

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