“This modern kind of Old Fashioned varies significantly from the Platonic ideal of the Old Fashioned: two ounces of spirit leavened with a hint of simple syrup and bitters, preferably served over one giant, glacial ice cube, garnished only with a twist of citrus peel. The Brandy Old Fashioned served in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is sweet, deceptively easy to drink, hopelessly kitsch in its choice of garnish, and retrograde in its construction methods. This recipe, by Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, adds a touch of craft technique to the drink and tones down the sweetness, without compromising its Wisconsinite identity.”

This is an edited extract from Around the World in 80 Cocktails by Chad Parkhill with illustrations by Alice Oehr published by Hardie Grant Books ($29.99) and is available in stores nationally.

Illustrator: © Alice Oehr