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Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

The concept of an old-fashioned dates back to the early 1800s and includes whiskey, bitters, cherry juice, sugar and water. This old-fashioned recipe, 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
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    1 serving


  • 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.

Sweet Brandy Old-Fashioned Recipe Tips

Do you use brandy or bourbon in an old-fashioned?

While this recipe calls for brandy (the classic Wisconsin choice), bourbon or rye whiskey are also delicious options.

What bitters should you use in an old-fashioned?

Angostura bitters are the traditional choice for old-fashioneds, but craft bitters are flooding the market. Try orange, cherry or smoked cinnamon for an updated twist on this classic cocktail.

Does an old-fashioned have a cherry?

Yes—with classic old-fashioned recipes like this one, you begin by muddling a maraschino cherry with orange and bitters. Also, the typical old-fashioned garnish is a speared cherry with an orange slice. A cinnamon stick is another classic complement.

How do you drink an old-fashioned?

Enjoy your old-fashioned on the rocks. If you have an extra-large ice cube tray, use it to make ice for this classic cocktail—big ice cubes help keep your drink from getting watered down. (If you want your old-fashioned extra cold, try these Frozen Brandy Old-Fashioneds.) For something to munch on while you sip, try these Spicy Mixed Nuts. Research contributed by Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 277 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 18mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.