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 | inspiredbycharm.com
Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

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 | inspiredbycharm.com
Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

What goes in an ornamentini:

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

Ingredients:

  • 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 | inspiredbycharm.com
Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com
Very Merry Ornamentini | inspiredbycharm.com

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.

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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

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!

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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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

Notes

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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Comments

  • 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!

  • Mrs. C at

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jenny at

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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Michelle at

    Where can I get the ornaments?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Amazon, craft stores, Walmart, etc.

      xo Michael

  • Linda Wiseman at

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

  • 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

  • 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

    • DONNA MALARKEY at

      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.

  • 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

  • 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?

  • Tonja Barnebee at

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

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • Malanie at

    Great design, love the idea!

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