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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!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail


Orange Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Outer peel from ½ an orange

Brandy Old Fashioned

  • 1 750 ml bottle of brandy such as Korbel or E&J
  • 1 ounce orange infused simple syrup
  • 10 dashes Angostura bitters
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 7- 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!