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New Beginnings: Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned


Welcome to Wisconsin, where we learn to drink like pros in college, and our state drink is the Wisconsin Brandy Old-Fashioned. We don’t mess around when it comes to mixing up an Old Fashioned, and if you ask me, the only way to do it is to create each one from scratch.
The fact that we use Brandy in our old-fashioned sets us apart from the rest of the US, who instead use whiskey. If someone orders a brandy old-fashioned in a different state, they are sure to know where you are visiting from…if they couldn’t already tell from the accent (I guess we have one…but I just don’t hear it).
The recipe I’m sharing with you today is inspired by the way my father-in-law makes it. He makes it sweet and garnishes it with a maraschino cherry. I kept this recipe very similar, though I have upgraded the cherry to the Luxardo type, and I always use 2oz Brandy…it just makes for a better drink. And, as far as the brandy goes, we’re pretty loyal to Korbel…along with the rest of Wisconsin.
I hope you enjoy this drink, mayhaps on a patio this Summer, as much as we do. It’s definitely a staple in our cocktail rotation.

Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Luxardo Cherry + Small Spoonful of Cherry Syrup
  • 2 oz. Korbel Brandy
  • 7 Up


  1. Place sugar cube in a low ball glass. Put a few shakes of bitters over the sugar cube. Then add a splash of water and a splash of cherry syrup over the sugar cube; muddle together.
  2. Fill glass with ice.
  3. Add in 2 oz. of brandy and stir.
  4. Fill glass rest of way with 7 Up and stir with a swizzle spoon.
  5. Sip and enjoy!

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