A brandy old fashioned is a Wisconsin tradition.
Wisconsin is known for lively people who celebrate all things fermented and distilled. Oktoberfest comes to mind immediately. In the 20 years that I spent living there, I adopted many of their seasonal traditions, including brandy cocktails at the holidays. My favorite is the Old Fashioned. Here is how I enjoy mine at home…
First, put some orange slices in a glass.
Add some cherries
Sprinkle over a little sugar
Pour over some bitters
Muddle the mixture until juicy
Pour over 1oz. Brandy
Top with clear soda. For an Old Fashioned “sweet” add lemon lime soda. For “sour” add grapefruit soda. Some prefer their old fashioned with soda water.
Stir to blend and serve with an orange and cherry garnish