The Chew: Wisconsin Old-Fashioned Recipe

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The Chew: Wisconsin Old-Fashioned

The hosts of The Chew were having a blast talking about “Big American Eats” and the best American dishes. Mario Batali recently released his latest cookbook “Big American Cookbook” which was perhaps the inspiration for the episode. As they dug into dishes from across the country, he wanted to serve up a drink to help the hosts wash everything down. Naturally, Mario wanted to give a nod to the Great Lakes, so he whipped up a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned.

Go ahead and treat yourself with this refreshing American cocktail! Click next page to get the recipe.

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The Chew: Wisconsin Old-Fashioned Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Wisconsin Old-Fashioned Recipe

Mario Batali gave a special shout out to the Great Lakes with is Wisconsin Old-Fashioned during the American eats-themed episode of “The Chew.” (aloha75 / Flickr)

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 Pickled Tart Cherries (or maraschino cherries)
  • crushed ice – to serve
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 orange slice or twist
  • 2 oz brandy

For the Pickled Tart Cherries:

  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 qt tart cherries – rinsed, about 1 1/2 lbs
  • 1 C white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • fresh ginger – 1 1/2-inch piece, peeled, cut into wide strips with a vegetable peeler

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The Chew: Wisconsin Old-Fashioned Recipe Directions

  1. Put the sugar cube in a rocks glass and add the bitters
  2. Add the orange and a cherry to the glass, then muddle until the sugar dissolves
  3. Add the brandy and stir until combined
  4. Add the crushed ice, then garnish with a second cherry and serve

For the Pickled Tart Cherries:

  1. Combine the sugar, vinegar, water, coriander seeds, salt, and mustard seeds in a medium saucepan
  2. Heat over medium, stirring until the sugar and salt dissolve
  3. Put one cinnamon stick in each of 2 sterilized pint jars
  4. Divide the cherries among the jars, laying the ginger slices among the cherries
  5. Pour the warm brine over the cherries, then put the lids on
  6. Let pickle for at least 48 hours before serving
  7. Store in the fridge for up to three months or can

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