Good Tidings for Christmas…

Entertaining friends and family during the month of December is just one of the many ways we celebrate Christmas. Most of our celebrations begin with a signature cocktail to set the tone for the evening. Our belief is that a welcome drink should taste good, look great and make our guests smile.  Why settle for ordinary when you can do this…


Malcolm got the idea for this presentation on Pinterest while he was searching for Christmas cocktails. The heavy plastic ornaments were purchased for about $1 each from a craft store and can be reused.

We placed the drinks on a large tray and invited our guest to open the ornament and pour the liquid over the sugared cranberries at the bottom of the glass. The sprig of rosemary is just to add a bit of seasonal color.

On another occasion, we served white chocolate martinis in these festive glasses. Any simple cocktail is elevated by this presentation. To rim the glasses with sugar, just dip them in water, honey, melted chocolate, lemon juice, etc. to help the sugar adhere.

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Christmas Ornamentini (serves 4)

1 cup vodka
1/2 cup orange liqueur
1/2 cup cherry juice
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup orange juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.

Remove the ornament topper and use a funnel to pour the drink into four clear glass ornaments that have been rinsed. Return the topper to the ornament.

Add sugared cranberries and a rosemary sprig to four martini glasses. Set the ornament in the glass to serve. Open the ornament and slowly pour the contents over the cranberries. Tip: measure the amount you will need in each ornament to avoid spills.

Sugared cranberries

Dissolve 1/2 cup sugar in 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Set aside and add one cup of fresh cranberries. Coat the cranberries with the liquid sugar, remove with a slotted spoon and place onto a rack for about one hour. Roll cranberries in 1/2 cup sugar until all are coated well. Fresh cranberries are tart, but the sugar makes them fun to eat as a snack, or to use as we have, at the bottom of a cocktail.

We wish you merriment and good tidings this holiday season.


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16 Responses to Good Tidings for Christmas…

  1. Oh my gosh, what festive and amazing ideas for holiday cocktails! the photos of the drinks also look fab! Thanks for sharing for Sunday Stills! I shared on my Facebook profile!


  2. JT Twissel says:

    Yum. I’ve had the chocolate martinis and they are doubly wicked. Thanks for the tip – it’s a good one. Happy Holidays!


  3. Nancy says:

    These look so festive and fun!


  4. It looks so festive Suzanne! Thank you for sharing and being part of our #MLSTL community. I wish you and your family and very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2019. I look forward to you linking up with us for our first link up on January 9th. xx


    • Suzanne says:

      Thank you guys for all you do to support the blogging community. I have been lagging a bit, but will try to step up our posts in 2019. Our plans are taking shape and it looks like it will be an exciting year of travel for us.


  5. pmaghamfar says:

    You are SO super creative. I remember a previous post in which you shared all of your home holiday decor. It was so pretty and festive. I love the idea of the cocktails inside of the ornament. So clever! Ya gotta love Pinterest, right?! Merry Christmas Suzanne and Malcolm and best wishes for the coming year, and of course continued safe travels.


  6. leannelc says:

    What a really pretty idea – and I love that it was from Pinterest (what did we do before we had Pinterest giving us so many ideas?) – Mind you I’m glad it wasn’t around when I was planning my wedding or I’d have failed dismally!
    Thanks for your support of MLSTL through the year and I’ve shared this on my SM – Merry Christmas! 🙂


    • Suzanne says:

      Thanks Leanne, before Pinterest we bought magazines and tore out pages and created file folders with favorite ideas and recipes. 🙂 I am a Pinterest addict and appreciate all the creative people who share their beautiful ideas there. Thanks for supporting bloggers and blogging through MLSTL. I enjoy reading what everyone has to share. Merry Christmas.


  7. First class way to celebrate, and leave to Pinterest to give you some ideas. It’s definitely my go-to-place when I’m looking for creative suggestions. 🙂 Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2019.


  8. Tracey says:

    Yum Yum! Sharing with my sis-in-law who is our holiday cocktail coordinator.


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