I have been on an old fashioned cocktail ordering kick. We have been in Wisconsin for around a week and have gone to some great old bars and Wisconsinites love an old fashioned, so it is on pretty much every menu. Now what kind of old fashioned you get is a little more complicated. Here is some high level info to help break the code:
From here you can go many different directions. You can use cognac instead of brandy. You can do apple brandy. You can use special cherries. You can even put a pickled egg and veggies into your drink (not that I recommend this but people do it). All in all the simple base of this drink can be extended out to thousands of possibilities! I have tried a lot less then that but have been lucky to try around seven versions so far.
I am intrigued by the Wisconsin anomaly of using brandy but so far the one I had with rye has been my favorite.
I will post more soon about some of my favorites and the places that serve them.