Wisconsin is set to be the first official state in the US to declare its own official cocktail- an old-fashioned made with brandy and garnished with mushrooms.
In October John Plumer and Cory Tomczyk, two state representative proposed a joint resolution that’s declared the drink Wisconsin’s own while playing on the fact that the state is full of the most binge-drinkers in America.
‘Whereas, the old-fashioned has become an unmistakable symbol of Wisconsin, its residents, and its unique culture; now, therefore, be it,’ the resolution said.
To add to the uniqueness of the cocktail, the resolution detailed that garnishes for the drink can range from sweet to savory options.
Wisconsin state representatives have proposed a joint resolution that’s declared the old-fashioned cocktail with brandy, garnished with a mushroom their own
The proposed assembly joint resolution for the state (pictured). It is unclear when the state legislature could take up the bill
Old-fashioneds are most commonly made with whiskey, gin or bourbon, but in the Badger State, swapping in brandy is a common practice by many Wisconsinites.
The state drink is also known to be muddled or mashed to express more flavors from the garnishes and specific ingredients.
‘It’s a tongue-in-cheek resolution. And I’ve had a couple of calls from people: “Don’t you have more important work to do?” But I don’t think we do. This is what makes Wisconsin unique,’ Plumber told the New York Times.
A Wisconsin old-fashioned is made of Korbel Brandy, an 80 proof California based spirit that has become a fan favorite of the midwestern state.
In 2019, Korbel sold 275,000 cases of brandy in the US and more than 150,000 of those were bought in Wisconsin, according to Milwaukee Magazine.
Other states that have ranked as top consumers of the brandy include California, Minnesota, Florida and Kentucky.
After the brandy comes the Angostura bitters. It is recommended that one drink needs just two dashes- big or small- and is used to help intensify the flavor of the cocktail.
A user on X (formally known as Twitter) posted their old-fashion that they got in Wisconsin that had two mushrooms on top (pictured)
The cocktail is known to have sweet or savory garnishes like oranges, cherries, olives, pickled mushrooms or vegetables
The aromatic bitters are also known to counteract ‘the harshness of acidic contents and decreases the harshness of the spirits,’ according to the brands website.
The state drink also requires two sugar cubes for a bit of sweetness, one orange slice or peel, three maraschino cherries, along with one teaspoon of the cherry’s juice.
For a bit of fizz, 7-up or Sprite is then added to the concoction. Then, to keep it chilled, ice is added with typically one or two large solid cubes that melt slowly to not dilute the drink as fast.
The last step is the mysterious mushroom, something not commonly known to top a cocktail, but in Wisconsin it’s normal.
The mushrooms are usually pickled for a bit of tangy flavor, similar to that of an olive which is also another popular garnish for the drink.
Wisconsinites typically opt for oranges, cherries, olives, pickled mushrooms or vegetables to top their drink.
According to a study by the CDC, the University of Wisconsin found that in its own state is home to the ‘most excessive drinkers’ as 26 percent of adults self-reported excessive drinking.
Trailing behind Wisconsin came Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota. The report revealed that a total of 19 states in the US ‘had excessive drinking rates equal to or greater than 20 percent.’
It concluded that no county in the Badger State reported a drinking rate below 25 percent.
The official non-alcoholic drink of Wisconsin is milk, as the state is also well-known for being the leading producer of dairy products in the country.
It is unclear when the state legislature could take up the bill and make the Wisconsin old-fashioned the state’s very own.
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