Call me Old Fashioned: a recipe for a Wisconsin Old Fashioned using Brandy.

You don’t get much more Wisconsin than an Old Fashioned. An Old Fashioned made with Brandy (versus the seemingly more popular Whiskey variation). Admittedly I hadn’t sipped an Old Fashioned until I had lived in Wisconsin for a year or so, but once I had one I truly understood the state’s infatuation. It seems like each establishment has their own “secret recipe” for the traditional drink, here’s how we do it at our house:


Lowball glass full of crushed ice or 1 Ice Sphere
2 oz Brandy
1 tbsp Turbinado Sugar
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 Orange Wedges
2 Bing Cherries
Lemon Lime Soda (sprite, 7 up or similar. We make ours using our Soda Stream)


Add 1 orange wedge, 1 cherry, sugar, and bitters to bottom of lowball glass and muddle. Top with crushed ice (or ice sphere). Poor 2 oz. Brandy over ice, top with a splash of soda and garnish with cherries and oranges.

Wisconsin Old Fashioned

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