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Brandy Old Fashioned

The Brandy Old Fashioned is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned. It’s also called a Wisconsin Old Fasahioned because it’s a popular choice in Wisconsin, where brandy is a local product and the state’s official drink. To make a brandy old fashioned, you’ll need a few key ingredients: brandy, sugar, bitters, and water.

a freshly made brandy old fashioned cocktail from wisconsin

But the twist comes in the form of muddled fruit and lemon-lime soda, which give the drink a sweet, fruity flavor. Garnished with an orange slice and a cherry, the brandy old fashioned is a refreshing and delicious cocktail that’s perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.

If you’re looking to make a brandy old fashioned at home, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, be sure to use a good quality brandy – it will make all the difference in the final product. Second, don’t be afraid to experiment with different fruits and garnishes to find the combination that works best for you. And finally, be sure to take your time and enjoy the process – after all, a good cocktail is meant to be savored, not rushed.


The Brandy Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for generations. This cocktail has its roots in the Old Fashioned, which is one of the simpler and earlier versions of cocktails, before the development of advanced bartending techniques and recipes in the later part of the 19th century. During Prohibition, the Old Fashioned became a popular cocktail to mask the flavor of bootlegged liquor. When Prohibition ended, bartenders began experimenting with different spirits, including brandy, to make the cocktail.

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Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktail Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange wedge

The Brandy Old Fashioned quickly became a popular variation of the classic cocktail. In Wisconsin, the Brandy Old Fashioned became a staple cocktail in the 1940s and 1950s, particularly in Madison. It is now known as the state drink of Wisconsin and is often served with fish fries. The cocktail is typically made with brandy, sugar, bitters, and soda water, and garnished with a slice of orange and a cherry.

How to Make It

a freshly made brandy old fashioned cocktail from wisconsin

Brandy Old Fashioned

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

If you want to make a delicious Brandy Old Fashioned cocktail, you'll need to gather some ingredients. Here's what you need:


  • A few dashes of Angostura bitters
  • At least 2 orange wedges
  • A sugar cube
  • 2 oz of your favorite brandy
  • Club soda, Sprite, or a similar type of soda
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry, orange wedge, or both!


  1. Add orange wedges, cherries, bitters, and a sugar cube to an Old Fashioned glass and muddle the ingredients until they are properly combined.
  2. Add ice and brandy 
  3. Add your choice of soda
  4. Garnish

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If you’re a fan of the classic Brandy Old Fashioned, you might want to try some variations to spice things up. Here are a few options to consider:

Korbel Brandy Old Fashioned

Swap out your usual brandy for Korbel brandy to add a slightly sweeter and fruitier flavor to your drink.

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Bourbon Old Fashioned

If you’re a bourbon lover, try substituting bourbon for brandy. This variation will give you a stronger, smokier flavor.

Sour Old Fashioned

Add a splash of sour mix to your drink for a tangy twist.

Press Old Fashioned

Mix your brandy with 7-Up and seltzer for a bubbly, refreshing drink.

Vermouth Old Fashioned

Add a splash of vermouth to your drink for a slightly herbal flavor.

Brandy Old Fashioned
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