Wisconsin Brandy or Whiskey Old-Fashioned

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Recipe by Paula

You can use your favorite brandy or whiskey (bourbon). You can also make this sweet or sour to your liking by using 50/50 or 7-Up. I've heard that this is a "regional" drink, because it's not as common outside of our state!

Top Review by AZPARZYCH

This a good drink that you can make sweet or sour so you don't have to make a lot of different drinks for a crowd; can just different versions of this one. I never had an old fashioned (or heard of it) until I moved to WI. I drink them at DH work holiday party because they do limited types of free drinks. Made the sweet version w/2 oz Brandy. Made for My-3-Chefs Nov 09.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 -3 ounces brandy or 2 -3 ounces whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1 tsp. super-fine sugar)
  • 2 -3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • sweet and sour soda (50/50 or Squirt brand) or carbonated lemon-lime beverage (7-Up)
  • sweets are garnished with

  • 1 pineapple chunk
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • sours are garnished with

  • 3 manzanilla olives, pickled Brussel sprouts or 3 dilly beans


  1. Place the sugar cube and bitters into an old fashioned glass (8-12 oz. tumbler style glass) and muddle together with a spoon or muddler. (We prefer to use the super-fine sugar because you can stir it all together without muddling.).
  2. Add some ice, to your liking.
  3. Add the brandy or whiskey.
  4. Top off the glass with either 50/50 soda or 7-up (sour or sweet!).
  5. Garnish as described above.

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