Brandy Old Fashioned for a Crowd
If you are a lover of this iconic cocktail, try it Wisconsin-style. Better yet, make a pitcher of Brandy Old Fashioned for a crowd at your next party!
Orange Simple Syrup
Outer peel from ½ an orange
Brandy Old Fashioned
bottle of brandy
such as Korbel or E&J
orange infused simple syrup
dashes Angostura bitters
up or Squirt for serving
Cherries and oranges for garnish
Make the simple syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and orange peels. Be sure to only use the very outer peel, or the syrup may become bitter.
Over medium heat and stirring frequently, heat the mixture through until the sugar dissolves completely.
Remove from heat and allow the simple syrup to cool slightly, leaving the orange peels to steep.
Discard the orange peels and pour the syrup into a jar or other air-tight container.
Make the Brandy Old Fashioned base:
In a liter bottle, quart-sized mason jar, or pitcher, combine the brandy, 1 ounce of the orange simple syrup (about 2 tablespoons), the bitters, and water.
Taste and add more bitters if desired.
The final step:
Add ice to a rocks glass, then add 2-2.5 ounces of the Brandy Old Fashioned base.
Add a splash of 7up (sweet) or Squirt (sour).
Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
You’ll have leftover simple syrup; store in the fridge for up to two weeks, or make another batch!