Signs I’m becoming a true Wisconsinite.  I always have at least seven kinds of cheese in the fridge and Spotted Cow.  I’m starting to think that parkas can be stylish paired with my negative 100 degree Sorel boots, deerskin gloves, and rabbit skin hat. (Oh, how I wish we had a bit of snow right now.)  I sometimes catch myself saying “beg” instead of pronouncing /bæɡ/ for a women’s purse.  New to my list is “The Old Fashioned” cocktail which I appropriately had at The Old Fashioned Tavern & Restaurant in Madison.  The only things left to do is to maybe become a die hard Packer fan and to hunt my own meat.  After living in America’s Dairyland for eight years now, I think I’m right on track.

 Old Fashioned & Cherry Grenadine

About a month ago, Keith and I met Clare of Quince & Apple at Fromagination in Madison.  She was giving out samples of their latest product, Tart Cherry Grenadine.  I have used the syrup in iced teas and my G&T’s.  After my first taste of a Wisconsin Old Fashioned last week, I thought I should definitely make some at home.  In recipes I’ve seen, a bit of the fluorescent red maraschino cherry liquid is used for the cocktail but I thought it might taste better using the cherry grenadine.  Not only was it better , it made it more authentically Wisconsin because they syrup is made from Door County cherries.  You should definitely make this at home.  Cheers!



  • 1 t. brown sugar
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • a  small wedge of orange

Muddle the first 3 igredients in a glass then add the remaining ingredients below.

  • 1 or 1.5 oz. Korbel brandy
  • a lot of ice
  • a glug or 2 of 7UP soda
  • 1 t. Tart Cherry Grenadine
  • garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry



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