This Christmas, grab a cup of cheer with these Wisconsin cocktails inspired by Midwest tradition! These beverages not only scream Wisconsin, but also celebrate the state’s robust agriculture and spirits industries.

Brandy Slush

Brandy slush is a of the classic Wisconsin cocktails this time of year. Families across Wisconsin (and the Midwest, for that matter) can recall buckets of slush in the chest freezer during the holiday season.

This recipe can be made ahead of time in large quantities which makes it great for entertaining crowds in the holiday season. The drink includes a frozen mixture of tea, orange juice, lemonade and brandy topped off with lemon lime soda.

Sweet, bubbly and delicious, this recipe will have you going back for another round!


Brandy Slush by Midwest Nice Blog
This brandy slush recipe is known far and wide across Wisconsin! It’s an easy big-batch cocktail made with tea, orange juice, lemonade, and good quality brandy. What more could you want?
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Brandy Slush

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is a classic holiday drink that will warm you up as the weather grows colder. The recipe calls for a mix of wine, brandy and spices warmed over medium heat.

Steep the spices thoroughly and enjoy this recipe warm alongside friends this holiday season.

Mulled Wine by Badger Liquor
Mulled wine is often enjoyed during the colder months, especially around the holiday season, and is known for its festive and aromatic qualities.
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Mulled Wine

Cranberry Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is on of the classic Wisconsin cocktails served as supper clubs across the state. The Cranberry Old Fashioned is a fresh spin on nostalgia, replacing Wisconsin cranberry juice in place of soda.

Old Fashioneds can be made to your liking with either brandy, whiskey or bourbon, so don’t hesitate to try your hand at different varieties to suit your taste palette.

As the leader cranberry production, there is no better place to enjoy a Cranberry Old Fashioned than in Wisconsin.

Cranberry Old Fashioned by Cheese Curd in Paradise
Cranberry Old Fashion is a twist on an supper club favorite. Brandy, sugar, bitters, and cranberry juice make a delicious and unique winter drink.
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Cranberry Old Fashioned

Cherry Bounce

Cherry Bounce is a liqueur made by infusing cherries with a spirit of your choice – most typically brandy, whiskey, bourbon or vodka.

Serve the juice in a variety of ways: sip it neat, pour over ice cream, add to cocktails as a sweetener, or even poured over baked goods.

The cherries themselves may be enjoyed as a boozy snack, but may also be utilized as garnishes for other cocktails such as Old Fashioneds!

Make your Cherry Bounce a memorable experience by visiting Door County in the summer to pick your own cherries!

Cherry Bounce by Destination Door County
Cherry bounce is best served with a story, so next year start a new tradition by picking fresh Door County cherries in late July during pick-your-own season.
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Cherry Bounce Drink

Tom & Jerry

A Tom & Jerry cocktail is a traditional warm and creamy holiday drink. It consists of a batter made with eggs, sugar, and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

This batter is mixed with brandy or dark rum and hot milk to create a rich and flavorful beverage with a nod to Wisconsin’s dairy farmers.

The cocktail is typically served in a mug or a punch bowl, garnished with additional nutmeg on top. The Tom & Jerry cocktail is associated with festive occasions and winter celebrations, offering a comforting and indulgent experience.

Tom & Jerry by On Milwaukee
People will have you believe that making these drinks is a chore; but it takes little more than a few turns of the whisk and a little bit of time to make a great Tom & Jerry batter. 
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Tom and Jerry Drink

Whether gathered by a crackling fireplace in a cozy cabin or joining friends and family in a festively decorated home, the joy of the Wisconsin holiday season is complemented by a selection of locally inspired cocktails. s snow blankets the landscapes, and twinkling lights adorn the towns, sipping on these Wisconsin cocktails becomes a delightful tradition, bringing a sense of festive cheer and a touch of local flair to the holiday festivities.