While milk is Wisconsin’s official state beverage, the Brandy Old-Fashioned, Sweet, is its Friday night fish-fry stand-in. Our favorite restaurants in the state that serve them include Norwood Pines in Minocqua, the Lake Beulah Country Club in East Troy, and Smokey’s in Manitowish Waters.
We’ve tested a few recipes over time, and I present one that’s a favorite in the BYM backyard:
The BYM Brandy Old-Fashioned, Sweet
- 1 orange slice
- A few cherries & 1 tsp juice (we like to experiment with different varieties. Or, make our own cherry mix from the tree in our backyard.)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp (or dash) bitters
- 1 to 2 oz brandy
- 1 extra-large ice cube (Like this!)
- 3-4 oz lemon-lime soda.
- Splash of sparkling water, if necessary
- Garnish with cherry, orange slice
Muddle cherry juice, bitters, and squeeze of orange. Add the orange, two cherries, and a single, large cube of ice, and cinnamon stick. Add brandy, soda, and water, then garnish.