The secret to the Brick’s Old Fashioned

There’s no Wisconsin drink more classic than the Brandy Old Fashioned. There’s also perhaps no place more classic to enjoy one of these fine beverages than an establishment in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, which brings us to The Brick in Rhinelander. The Brick serves up a delicious hand-muddled example of a Brandy Old Fashioned. Owner Tracy Harmon shared her recipe, or rather her technique, for making this fantastic drink. There are no teaspoons or ounces in her instructions; Harmon makes the drinks by feel and with practice you can make your own perfect old fashioned. Or, you can head to The Brick, relax and leave it to the experts!

The Brick’s Old Fashioned:

Muddle together bitters and sugar with a splash of carbonated mixer, like seltzer. Muddle until the mixture develops a foamy head. Add liquor; Harmon suggests Korbel brandy.

“Most Old Fashioneds are made with Brandy,” she said.

 Add ice and a garnish – Harmon said olives and cherries are common but olives are the more popular choice in her bar.


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