Tuesday, April 22, 2014


When I think of the quintessential Wisconsin drink, I think of an Old Fashioned. Heck- we even have a restaurant on our Capitol square named after the thing!
The Classic Wisconsin version is the Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet- when I bartended I made zillions of these things for out of towners who wanted to have the traditional drink.
Now that we have people over fairly often, I love making these- and there are so many iterations of these possible, that if you aren't a brandy fan...or a sweet fan...you can tweak it to make it your own! 

What you'll need to make it happen:
- 2 orange slices (in quarters)
- 4-5 maraschino cherries
- Raw sugar cube or just granulated sugar
- 3-4 dashes of Bitters (see bottle below)
- 2 ounces Brandy
- Sprite
 How to make it happen:
Step 1: Throw your 2-3 cherries, 1 orange slice quarter, sugar, and dashes of bitters into the bottom of a glass. With your muddler, mash until cherry, orange, and sugar is well mixed. Be careful not to grind the orange rind too much, or you'll get a really bitter taste!
Step 2: Add ice and brandy, and top with a few splashes of Sprite.
Step 3: Either stir or pour into another glass so drink is well mixed.
Step 4: Garnish with and orange slice & a cherry, and enjoy!
 If you don't dig brandy, sub for bourbon or whiskey!
If you don't like orange, sub for lemon!
If you don't like overly-sweet things- add in 1 Tbsp Sour mix, then finish with just a little Sprite!
If you're really feelin' fancy, buy orange or cherry bitters to enhance the fruit flavor!
(so many exclamation marks, so little time)

What drink represents where you're from?
Leave a recipe or name in the comments, I'd love to look it up!

xo, lp

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  1. Yum, one of my favorite drinks! I usually just buy an old fashioned mix for when I make them at home but it looks just as easy to make it all from scratch!

  2. I work on the capital square now so I see the Old Fashioned every single day from my window!

    1. hope you go there for old fashioneds sometimes then!!

  3. I'm so weird with my Old Fashioneds. I like whiskey sweet, but substitute the garnish of cherries and give me olives instead!

  4. oooo olives vs cherries sounds so good!

  5. pretty nice blog, following :)

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