Old Fashioneds: A Classic Wisconsin Cocktail
Last Updated: 1/30/2015
Wisconsin Old Fashioned
There may be no more quintessential Wisconsin dining experience than a meal at a traditional supper club, and the signature drink being mixed all around the state is the old fashioned. But establishments offering their top-notch versions of the drink extend well beyond just supper clubs. With brandy—sweet or sour—or perhaps you like a whiskey variation of this classic cocktail, Wisconsin bars and restaurants serving up the best old fashioneds have their loyal followings and keep the customers coming back time and time again. Check out where we sip our favorites.
With the drink as its namesake, you can count on theirs being one you won’t forget. Try their original with Korbel brandy, or one of their other signature varieties including a Bourbon Old Fashioned, Orange Rum Old Fashioned made with Clement, Apple Jack Old Fashioned or Rye Bourbon Old Fashioned.
For a twist on this classic drink, you have to try the Burnt Old Fashioned at Casey’s, a creation you won’t find anywhere else! Their version is made with powdered sugar, Door County cherry juice, bitters, whiskey or brandy, cinnamon and finished off in a sweet or sour variety to your liking. The bitters, orange, cinnamon and powdered sugar are lit for a presentation of flames and sparks. Garnished with Door County cherries and oranges—voila!
This fourth generation, family-run local favorite keeps the Wisconsin supper club tradition alive and today is still mixing old fashioneds the way they did when they opened back in 1934. Kick back and enjoy yours—sweet or sour—in the lounge chairs or booths of their cocktail lounge, or enjoy one before being seated for dinner.
For a classic old fashioned made just the way you have come to know and love, visit Two Lakes Restaurant. This quaint supper club tucked in rural southeastern Portage County serves up traditional old fashioneds along with all of the other classic supper club fare including an amazing antipasto platter, prime rib on Saturday and Sundays and a Friday night fish fry.
Located in a repurposed church, this may be the most romantic setting in which you’ve ever enjoyed an old fashioned! Although their architecture may draw upon foreign inspiration, the food and drinks they’re serving are as authentically Wisconsin as you can find. Enjoy your classic old fashioned on a warm day on their outdoor patio, or try one of their other summer cocktails.
Situated on the shores of Lake Superior, this wooded, serene setting is the perfect place to enjoy an upscale meal, and an old fashioned is the perfect cocktail to sip while you mull over the diverse options on their extensive menu. Made with either Clear Creek Oregon brandy or Johnny Drum bourbon, you can’t go wrong sipping either while you wait for one of their fine steaks or seafood entrees.
Our list of favorites goes on and on! To taste other great old fashioneds around Wisconsin, check out these establishments that also keep us coming back for more:
- HobNob Restaurant – Racine
- Jefferson Street Inn & City Grill – Wausau
- Jim & Linda’s Lakeview Supper Club – Malone
- Kavanaugh’s Esquire Club – Madison
- Schwarz’s Supper Club – New Holstein
- Sebastian’s Steak House – Fond du Lac
- TJ’s Harbor Restaurant – Oshkosh