3 Old Fashioneds every Wisconsinite needs

Have you ever tried a gin old fashioned?

If you’re like me–and chances are you will be if you’re a Wisconsinite–the brandy old fashioned sweet is a go-to drink. How could it not be? It’s quintessentially Wisconsin, and it feels kind of cool to order a drink that bars outside of Wisconsin might not even know how to make. (I definitely tried ordering one at a bar in Illinois and got a weird look.)

But again, if you’re like me, you also yearn for a bit of variety. In honor of #NationalCocktailDay, I found three old fashioned recipes I’ll absolutely be making again. All three are easy to assemble and even easier to drink.

And if we’re lucky, we’ll all be raising an old fashioned glass to a Badgers win tonight. On Wisconsin!

1. Aged Gin Old Fashioned

3 Old Fashioneds every Wisconsinite needs

This gin and ginger ale version of the old fashioned is refreshing and minty, but not too minty.

-3 oz. Yahara Bay’s Barrel Mellowed Gin
-2 dashes of range or cherry bitters
-1 tsp .agave
-ginger ale

Combine gin, bitters, and agave in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with ginger ale, soda or water, whatever you prefer.

2. Whiskey Old Fashioned
3 Old Fashioneds every Wisconsinite needs

Yahara’s whiskey bottle even has a badger on the label. Need we say more? Grab the muddler.

-2 oz. Yahara Bay Whiskey
-1 sugar cube
-2-3 dashes bitters

Place the sugar cube and bitters into an old fashioned glass (8-12 oz. tumbler style glass) and muddle together with a spoon or muddler. (We prefer to use the super-fine sugar because you can stir it all together without muddling.).
Add some ice, to your liking.
Add the brandy or whiskey.
Top off the glass with either 50/50 soda or 7-up (sour or sweet!)

3. Apple Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet

3 Old Fashioneds every Wisconsinite needs

Ah, the classic. Why mess with perfection?

-2 oz. Yahara Bay Apple Brandy
-2 dashes bitters
-1 sugar cube
-2 orange slices
-2 cherries
-ice ball

Place sugar cube in the base of your old-fashioned glass and dash bitters onto the top. Add the fruit and muddle until the sugar is dissolved. Add the brandy and stir to combine. Add one large chunk of ice and top with sweet or sour or water/seltzer. Garnish with an orange slice.

3 Old Fashioneds every Wisconsinite needs