The Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned is a cocktail near and dear to our Wisconsin hearts! A play on the classic Old Fashioned made with whiskey, this version employs brandy, muddled fruit, and a splash of lemon-lime soda along with the Badger state stamp of approval.
The story goes that Korbel debuted their brandy at a fair in Chicago in 1893, which many Wisconsonites attended. Many of them were of German heritage and preferred brandy over whiskey. The twist on the classic cocktail was born along with a few other unique quirks, and the rest is history. Make one at home or order one in a bar to feel like a true Wisconsonite!
Brandy Old Fashioned Recipe
To make a Brandy Old Fashioned, add a sugar cube to an Old Fashioned or rocks glass. Add a few dashes of bitters along with a cherry and a splash of cherry juice. Toss in an orange slice and a splash of lemon lime soda. Muddle the ingredients and top with ice. Add brandy and mix. Top with lemon lime soda and enjoy!
How to Make a Wisconsin Old Fashioned
- Add a sugar cube or about a teaspoon of sugar to a rocks glass
- Add 4-6 dashes of bitters
- Add a cherry and a splash of cherry juice
- Add an orange slice and a splash of lemon lime soda
- Muddle the ingredients in the glass
- Add ice followed by the Brandy
- Mix and top with lemon lime soda
Sweet or Sour
While the first few steps of the recipe are always the same, you do have your choice to make your Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned sweet or sour. To make it sweet, top your drink with lemon-lime soda such as 7Up or Sprite. To make it sour, you would top your drink with a grapefruit soda like Squirt.
How to Serve
This recipe is served like a traditional Old Fashioned, in a rocks glass or old fashioned glass over ice. The fruit involved is part of the recipe in addition to adding a fun garnish and splash of color.
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Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned
A play on the classic Old Fashioned, the Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashion employs brandy, muddled fruit, and a splash of lemon-lime soda along with the Badger state stamp of approval.
- Couple dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 1 maraschino cherries
- 1 orange slices
- 1 cube Sugar Cube or 1 tsp sugar
- Lemon lime soda, 7-up or sprite
- 2 oz Brandy
Add the sugar cube to the glass
Add 4-6 dashes of bitters
Add the cherry and some cherry juice, 1/2-1 oz
Add an orange slice
Add a splash of the lemon lime soda
Muddle the ingredients
Add Brandy and mix
Top up with the lemon lime soda