A few weeks ago while glamping at Camp Wandawega, we dined at The Duck Inn, and I ordered a Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet. Unless you live in Wisconsin, it’s hard to find a bartender who can mix a good one. In fact, on spring break, the bartender in Florida looked at me like I was from Mars when I ordered this boozy beverage. So I took matters into my own hands and I’m spilling the passed down cocktail recipe. Grab your bitters and cherries…let’s get mixing!
Back in the day, I was a bartender in Wisconsin Dells, and I must say, I could whip up a good one! It’s Wisconsin deliciousness in a glass! But before I give you the recipe, can we just take a moment to soak in the beauty of that glass above? *sigh* You can find similar vintage cocktail glasses here.
A Wisconsin Bartender’s Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet Recipe
YIELDS 1 SERVING
2 oz Korbel Brandy or whatever you preferred
A tiny spoonful of maraschino cherry juice (I’m suddenly singing Mary Poppins)
1 sugar cube (Yep, Mary Poppins, firmly stuck in my head)
Splash of orange juice
6 dashes of bitters
Sprite, 7up, or some sort of lemon-lime soda
1 orange slice divided for garnish
1 maraschino cherry for garnish
1. Place the sugar cube in the glass. If you want to do this properly, muddle the fruit and bitters with sugar.
2. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir. Add ice cubes. Stir again.
3. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Boom! Welcome to Wisconsin baby.
All you need is Friday night fish fry at a supper club with the crunchy breadsticks and cheese spread and deep-fried cheese curds as an appetizer (BTDubs, sometimes I like to dip them in ranch because deep-fried cheese is not heart attack inducing enough…shhhhhhh, don’t tell).