The concept of an old-fashioned dates back to the early 1800s and includes whiskey, bitters, cherry juice, sugar and water. This version, which is extremely popular in Wisconsin, uses brandy in place of whiskey and lemon-lime soda instead of water for a milder cocktail.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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- 1 orange slice
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1-1/2 ounces maraschino cherry juice
- 1 teaspoon bitters
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup ice cubes
- 1-1/2 ounces brandy
- 2 teaspoons water
- 1 teaspoon orange juice
- 3 ounces lemon-lime soda
- In a rocks glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, cherry juice and bitters. Add ice. Pour in the brandy, water, orange juice and soda. Yield: 1 serving.
Originally published as Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2007
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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2012
"The Maraschino cherry juice was a little overwhelming for my palate. I would reduce this from 1.5 ounces to 1 ounce...or even less."