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Wisconsin Old Fashioned

Wisconsin Old Fashioned

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make the Wisconsin Old Fashioned! This state’s variation on the classic cocktail is made with brandy and has some unique twists.


  • 1 sugar cube (1 teaspoon sugar)
  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) brandy
  • Topper: 1 splash of lemon lime soda (Sweet), sour mix or grapefruit soda (Sour), 50/50 lemon lime soda and soda water (Press), or soda water (Soda)
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • For the garnish: Orange peel or slice, cocktail cherry, pickled mushrooms, olives or pickled Brussels sprouts


  1. Place the sugar cube in a lowball glass and add the bitters. Add the water and mash and swirl it with a muddler or wooden spoon until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
  2. Add the brandy and swirl to combine. Add a large ice cube.
  3. Top off the glass with the desired topper (above). Garnish and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Wisconsin Old Fashioned, Brandy Old Fashioned