I’m An Old Fashioned Kind Of Gal

June 21, 2018thetipsyhousewife

I have an O-B-S-E-S-S-I-O-N with Wisconsin Supper Club Style Brandy Old Fashioned’s. My parents have a home in the Western U.P. of Michigan which is right over the border from Wisconsin, the home of The Brandy Old Fashioned. Last year I even did an Old Fashioned Crawl through the Northwoods and wrote a blog post about it called “A Waitress Named Diane”. It was fantastic. Since I cannot permanently live in the Northwoods (although I wish I could) I decided I needed to perfect the Brandy Old Fashioned at home. The drink itself does require more than a few ingredients, but they are fairly inexpensive and easy to find. I headed over to my local Binny’s Beverage Depot and was able to find everything I needed to make this Wisconsin Classic Cocktail. The ingredients are very important and if you don’t have them all, your Old Fashioned will be lacking. I prefer a Brandy Old Fashioned, Sweet, with Olives.  You can also order a Brandy Old Fashioned Sour and either drink can be garnished with cherries and orange slices. Here is what you need for the Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet with Olives:


The drink is fun to make. I would suggest getting a good muddler, I bought mine at Binny’s and a long handled bar spoon.

The steps are easy:


  1. Place one or two sugar cubes in the bottom of a rocks glass.
  2. Shake 4 to 6 drops of Bitters onto the cubes.
  3. Use the muddler to crush up the bitters soaked cubes.
  4. Add one orange slice (about 1/4 inch thick) and one maraschino cherry.img_2391
  5. Use the muddler to mash up the orange and cherry. This releases the oils from the orange rind.img_2392
  6. Add about 2 shots of brandy to the glass and use the spoon to give it a good stir.img_2394
  7. Add crushed ice to the glass until it is 3/4 full. Give the glass another good stir with the spoon.img_2395
  8. Add one splash of sprite and a little bit more crushed ice.img_2396
  9. Garnish with an orange slice, cherry and two olives.img_2407

There you have it! A perfect Brandy Old Fashioned. It is hard to describe how this drink tastes. If it is made perfectly, to me it tastes like a grown up Dr. Pepper. Crushed ice is also a key ingredient. I used a ziploc bag to crush up the ice with a meat tenderizer. I will be ordering a Lewis Ice Bag and Mallet.

While it is not exactly the same as sitting in the picturesque Northwoods in a classic Supper Club, it comes pretty close. You also feel very grown up sipping this drink. It makes for a perfect cocktail hour and pairs well with a Meat and Potatoes type of Dinner!

If you make a Brandy Old Fashioned post a picture of it on Facebook and tag me @tipsywife or on Instagram @thetipsyhousewife.

For another great cocktail recipe, check out my recipes for my Favorite Frozen Drinks

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