What's Old is New

Try a new-fangled twist on the Old Fashioned

Ask a native of this state about an old fashioned, and you’re likely to receive some strong opinions on how it should be made. The Old Fashioned understands this fact of Wisconsin life, serving the original plus two variations, including the apple jack.

While this drink might strike a traditionalist as blasphemous, it’s actually rooted in history. General manager Jennifer De Bolt found a Prohibition-era recipe for an apple jack old fashioned and was intrigued. “So we made it and it’s delicious,” she says.

What makes the cocktail even better is that the apple brandy comes from Madison’s own Yahara Bay Distillery. The apple adds flavor without overpowering the balance of the drink.

The apple jack has been a hit not only with people who’ve loved old fashioneds for years, but newcomers, too. “A new generation has caught on to them,” De Bolt says.

RECIPE: Apple Jack Old Fashioned

1 raw sugar cube
Bitters
Orange wedges
Cherries
Sprite
Yahara Bay Apple Brandy

In a lowball glass, combine a sugar cube, four long shots of bitters, an orange wedge and cherry, and a shot of Sprite. Use a muddler to break up the ingredients. Fill to the top with ice. Add two ounces of apple brandy and fill to the top with Sprite. Garnish with an orange wedge and cherry. 

Recipe courtesy of The Old Fashioned, 23 N. Pinckney St., 310-4545, theoldfashioned.com.

Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine.

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