The Wisconsin Old Fashioned – A Midwestern Twist on a Classic

The Old Fashioned cocktail, a timeless classic, has been a staple in the world of mixology for over a century. Originating from the traditional whiskey-based recipe, various regional adaptations have emerged over time. Among these, the Wisconsin Old Fashioned stands out with its unique Midwestern twist, offering a distinct flavor profile that caters to both traditionalists and adventurous drinkers alike.

Wisconsin Old Fashioned
Calories: 156kcal
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
In Wisconsin, the Old Fashioned takes a unique turn, often made with brandy instead of whiskey. This variation also includes muddled fruit, such as oranges and cherries, and is topped with soda water or lemon-lime soda, giving it a sweeter, fruitier profile.


  • 2 oz Brandy
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Bitters
  • Orange Slice
  • Cherry
  • Club Soda or Lemon-lime soda


  • Muddle the sugar cube, bitters, orange slice, and cherry in an Old Fashioned glass.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour in the brandy.
  • Top with lemon-lime soda or club soda.
  • Stir gently and serve.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 156kcal (8%)Carbohydrates: 5g (2%)Fat: 0.01gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 2mgSugar: 4g (4%)Calcium: 1mgIron: 0.02mg
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
KeywordBeverage Recipe, Cocktail Recipe, Drink Recipe

Variations and Customizations

  • Sweet vs. Sour: Adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of sugar or choosing between soda water (for a less sweet version) and lemon-lime soda.
  • Fruit Garnishes: Experiment with different fruit garnishes to find your preferred flavor balance.
  • Spirit Variations: While brandy is traditional, some may opt for whiskey, offering a nod to the classic Old Fashioned.

Pairing and Occasions

The Wisconsin Old Fashioned is versatile, making it suitable for a cozy night in or as a sophisticated choice for social gatherings. Its rich and slightly sweet profile pairs well with hearty Midwestern fare, such as cheese platters, grilled meats, and savory appetizers.

The Wisconsin Old Fashioned is more than just a cocktail; it’s a testament to regional tastes and the evolving nature of classic recipes. Whether you’re a Wisconsin native or a curious mixologist, this variation of the Old Fashioned offers a delightful and unique drinking experience that pays homage to both its roots and regional preferences.

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