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.