This drink was a bit of a curiosity to me. I came across the Old Fashioned Merry on the web while searching for Genever cocktails with Cranberry, and was intrigued. We had some cranberry juice in the fridge and I was feeling like Genever gin, so this seemed like just the ticket.

The drink called for “1 barspoon” of cranberry simple syrup. So I walked over to the bar to grab a bar spoon. Notice a problem here?

Exactly. They are all different sizes. (Not to mention, who seriously has this many bar spoons? This cannot be normal.)

What I should have done: Googled it, and found that one “barspoon” is about a teaspoon.

What I actually did: Randomly picked one, and just used that.

So I made a rich simple syrup with 1 barspoon of cranberry juice and 1/2 barspoon of sugar, heated briefly in the microwave to dissolve the sugar. Y’know what? It worked well!

The Final Cocktail:

While I really liked the earthy direction of this drink, I definitely felt like it really needed a lot more cranberry flavor. You can probably already see that from the photos – the cranberry flavor was very light, and almost tasted like it wasn’t supposed to be there at all.

If (and when!) I make this drink again, I’d use the recipe I’ve provided below. I’ve doubled the cranberry juice to kick up the cranberry flavor and increase the acidity of the drink.

Oude Cranberry Cocktail

Refreshing, bright and ever so earthy – this cocktail is an easy light flavored drink for when you’re looking for something gentle and tasty.
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  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 barspoons / teaspoons Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 barspoons / teaspoons White Sugar
  • 2 oz Oude Genever Gin I used Diep9
  • 1 zest Orange
  • Soda Water To top


  • Mix the cranberry juice and sugar in a small microwaveable glass or mug.
  • Microwave for 10 seconds, stir, and heat for another 10 seconds until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Add bitters, cranberry/sugar mixture and Genever to a mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir to dilute & chill.
  • Strain into a rocks glass, add a large ice cube, and top with soda water.
  • Garnish with orange zest.