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Holiday Entertaining Cocktails: Brandy Old Fashion

Old Fashion Cocktail

One of my favorite mixed cocktails is an Old Fashion.  Now, in my humble opinion, the Midwest is the only area of the country that can ever do this cocktail justice.  Luckily, I was a bartender at a supper club in Wisconsin for a couple years and was able to learn the fine art of making a true Old Fashion.  Now, whenever I am missing Wisconsin I can mix one up at home.

The biggest take away about an Old Fashion is that they can be made with different types of alcohol and different types of washes (the non-alcoholic addition to the drink) but what makes it an Old Fashion is the bitters, the sugar, and the fruit.  The variables have everything to do with personal preference.

Alcohol options:

  • Brandy **
  • American Rye Whiskey
  • Bourbon

** Little side fact.  Did you know that Wisconsin is the largest consumer of brandy in the country?   ‘Tis True.

Non-Alcoholic “wash” options:

  • Sweet (generally made with Sprite/7-Up, or for a less sweet taste Ginger Ale)
  • Sour (50/50 soda, sour mix, etc.)
  • Seltzer/Soda water
  • Press ( half soda water, half sweet)

My personal preference is an Old Fashion made with brandy and ginger ale.  Below you’ll find the recipe/technique.  The glass used should be a standard cocktail glass (which sometimes is called an ‘Old Fashion Glass’).

Old Fashion Recipe

  • 1 shot alcohol of choice (see above for options)
  • bitters
  • sugar cube
  • 1 cherry (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 peeled orange slice
  • non-alcoholic wash of choice (see above for options)
  • ice cubes

Old Fashion Cocktail

Take the cocktail glass and add the sugar cube, cherry and orange.  Add just a dash of the non-alcoholic wash.  Muddle together until combined.  Add ice cubes to the glass, covering the muddled fruit and sugar.  Add 4-6 dashes of bitters on top of the ice.  Add 1 shot of alcohol.  Fill the remainder of the glass with non-alcoholic wash.  Stir thoroughly.

Sit back, enjoy, and beat a friend or loved one in cribbage.   Well, that’s at least what I plan on doing this evening when I make myself one…  🙂

9 comments on “Holiday Entertaining Cocktails: Brandy Old Fashion

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    October 12, 2012

    Sounds good, my husband would like this drink.

    • Beyond The Green Door
      October 12, 2012

      Hope he gets a chance to try it sometime. 🙂

      • Cloches & Lavender
        October 12, 2012

        I am sure he will…LOL

      • Beyond The Green Door
        October 12, 2012

        LOL 🙂

  2. Dogs, Dishes, and Decor
    October 12, 2012

    So informative! I had a fabulous Old Fashioned just this week in Los Feliz! It had a thick orange peel in it which added a fabulous citrus flavor.

    • Beyond The Green Door
      October 14, 2012

      Glad to hear that you can get a good one out in California! No luck so far here in Texas!

  3. petit4chocolatier
    October 12, 2012

    Wow! I love the drink! It sure sounds good right now and I have all the ingredients!

    • Beyond The Green Door
      October 14, 2012

      Glad to find another ‘old fashion lover’ 🙂 Hope you took some time to enjoy one this past weekend!

  4. noodle21
    October 14, 2012

    Hi there! I really enjoy reading your blog. I nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! To accept and participate, go here:

    p.s. Recipe looks great! I prefer Brandy and Ryan favors whiskey!

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