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Cheers to Traditions with Old-Fashioneds

“The Old-Fashioned was an evolution of the Whiskey Cocktail, which was simply whiskey, sugar, bitters, and water, and was served as early as 1800 or so,” explains cocktail authority Robert Simonson, author of The Old-Fashioned: The Story of the World’s First Classic Cocktail, with Recipes and Lore. “When bartenders in the 1870s and 1880s began adding embellishments to their Whiskey Cocktails, some customers rebelled against the innovations,” preferring the traditional version and thus ordering “old-fashioned whiskey cocktails” instead. “That name was eventually shortened to Old-Fashioned.”

Sure, a whiskey Old-Fashioned is delicious, but did you know that Wisconsin’s official state cocktail is a brandy Old-Fashioned? Discover where in Beloit you can get the tastiest Old-Fashioneds, hand-crafted to fit your palette.

Try out our Beloit & Beyond Beers & Cheers trail to hit up all the great spots with amazing cocktails, including many establishments that craft their very own unique spin on Old-Fashioneds. Check in at the stops and earn prizes along the way! Enjoy the beverage scene in Beloit!

Whether you’re in the mood for a whiskey, bourbon, or brandy Old-Fashioned, the staff at Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint know just how to make a special combo for you with their countless options of whiskey, including over 50+ upscale selections. Try out their specialty Old-Fashioned, the 608 Old-Fashioned, which includes a Wisconsin traditional favorite mixture of Korbel brandy, muddled cherries and oranges, simple syrup, bitters, and Sprite.

Merrill & Houston’s Steak Joint | Photo credit: Catalyst Design & Photography

Wisconsinites know that a supper club Old-Fashioned is no joke. The Butterfly Club in Beloit is a great place to get your Old-Fashioned fix. Not to mention, it pairs really well with a fish fry or prime rib. Take a seat at the bar and tap into the spirits there, or enjoy your Old-Fashioned at a table in the dining room.

The Butterfly Club | Photo credit: Peer Canvas

For a literal “elevated” experience, head up to The Rooftop at Hotel Goodwin. Their back-lit bar is filled is plenty of options fit just for you. Although, when you are there, you have to try the Old-Fashioned – Wisco Style made with Korbel brandy, bitters, and Sprite. Take your drinks outside to see the picturesque views of downtown Beloit.

The Rooftop | Photo credit: Travel Wisconsin


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