Brandy Old-Fashioned Sweet

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1 serving

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
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


  • 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


  1. In a rocks glass, muddle orange slice, cherry, cherry juice and bitters. Add ice. Pour in 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. (Have leftover brandy on hand? Try mixing up one of these brandy cocktails.)

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. You can opt for Luxardo cherries (the original maraschino cherries) as well. 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 Spiced 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.