In today’s post we’re taking a classic cocktail, The ‘Old Fashioned’ and are putting a Wisconsin twist on it to create one delicious cocktail known as the Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned Sour. Why did I say ‘we’re’? Well, my husband is to thank for making this post come to life, and is the handsome hand model you’ll see in the photos below!
Although there are many versions of the Old Fashioned, the one I happen to like best is one that is known all around the State of Wisconsin. It is made by muddling a cherry, sugar cube, orange slices and bitters, adding Brandy, and then topping it off with a splash of 50/50 or Squirt soda, like so:
Order this drink in a different State and you might be ‘served a limp, weak concoction consisting of a half-muddled sugar cube, a mashed-up neon red cherry and orange, a splash of whiskey, and some soda water drowning the results’ (Jeffrey Morgenthaler describes the Old Fashioned & history beautifully). That truly made me laugh, but it is so true.
However, try this cocktail with the fresh, crisp ingredients (like Bitters from Bittercube and sour Wisconsin Cherries) and Brandy, and you’ll be loving this cocktail and ordering it with gusto wherever you go!
I made this cocktail because summer is right around the corner and this is the perfect summer cocktail, and every time we travel (or when we go to Vegas) my husband will order an old fashioned, and it’s always interesting to see how they make the drink.
The last time my husband and I were in Vegas (March of 2013, can someone please figure out how to slow time down, it’s flying!) I kept noticing him order a ‘Brandy Old Fashioned’ and when I’d sneak a sip, it would taste different every time…come to find out there are four pretty common ways to make an Old Fashioned:
1-‘Sour’ – Made with Sour Mix, Squirt or 50/50
2-‘Sweet’ – Made with 7UP or Sprite
3-‘Press’ – Made with Seltzer and a Lemon/Lime
4-‘Soda’ – Made with Seltzer
So, next time (or for your first time) how will you order your Old Fashioned?
- 1.5 oz Brandy or about one shot
- 1 Tsp of Sugar
- 1 Orange Slice
- 2 Cherries and their juices
- Dash of bitters 1 dropper full - 10 drops
- Top the glass off with 50/50 or Squirt Soda
- Ice Cubes
- In a cocktail glass muddle sugar, orange slice, cherries and bitters, add shot of brandy and stir. Add ice to fill the glass, then top it off with 50/50 or Squirt Soda and enjoy!