2023 - 2024 LEGISLATURE
November 2, 2023 - Introduced by Representatives Plumer, Dittrich, Emerson,
Green, Gundrum, Jacobson, Kitchens, Melotik, Michalski, Nedweski,
Penterman, Rettinger, Sapik, Schmidt, Steffen and Swearingen,
cosponsored by Senators Tomczyk, Feyen, Quinn and Spreitzer. Referred to
Committee on Rules.
AJR88,1,1 1Relating to: declaring the brandy old-fashioned as Wisconsin's state cocktail.
AJR88,1,32 Whereas, many Wisconsinites add both fruits and juices to their cocktails, a
3tradition originating from the Prohibition era; and
AJR88,1,64 Whereas, distilleries across the United States temporarily halted their
5operations after World War II so that the United States could supply a war-torn
6Europe with grain, reducing the availability of spirits in Wisconsin; and
AJR88,1,97 Whereas, during this period, brandy became notably popular among
8Wisconsinites following the discovery and distribution of about 30,000 cases of aged
9Christian Brothers brandy into the Wisconsin market; and
AJR88,1,1110 Whereas, Wisconsinites increasingly substituted brandy for other spirits in
11cocktails, making brandy a staple throughout the state; and
AJR88,1,1312 Whereas, Wisconsin accounts for over half of Korbel's annual brandy sales in
13the United States, purchasing over 150,000 cases of Korbel brandy in 2019 alone; and
AJR88,1,1514 Whereas, a Wisconsin-style old-fashioned traditionally consists of muddled
15brandy, bitters, sugar, and ice; and
1Whereas, Wisconsinites often add a soft drink, sour mix, club soda, or a
2combination thereof to their old-fashioned; and
AJR88,2,53 Whereas, Wisconsinites commonly garnish an old-fashioned with either a
4sweet garnish, such as oranges or cherries, or a savory garnish, such as olives,
5pickled mushrooms, or pickled vegetables; and
AJR88,2,76 Whereas, the old-fashioned has become an unmistakable symbol of Wisconsin,
7its residents, and its unique culture; now, therefore, be it
AJR88,2,10 8Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the members of the
9Wisconsin Legislature declare the brandy old-fashioned to be Wisconsin's state
AJR88,2,1111 (End)