In the bottom of a rocks glass, muddle 1 orange slice, cherry juice, sugar cube and bitters.
Fill glass with ice. Pour brandy over ice. Top with soda and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
Maraschino cherry juice: Or grenadine. Grenadine is made from pomegranate juice, but it tastes delicious as well.
Sugar cubes: You can find sugar cubes in the baking aisle at the grocery store. Or, substitute 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar per sugar cube.
Bitters: Angostura is a popular brand and they last forever in the pantry. Orange bitters work really well in this drink, too.
Grapefruit soda: Squirt is the most common national brand, but grab 50/50 (by Canfield's) if you ever see it!
Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail, and it tastes the best when it is crafted one cocktail at a time.
No muddler: Use the handle of a wooden spoon or just stir it all together. Or use a little homemade simple syrup which is already dissolved.
Old Fashioned Sweet: Instead of the grapefruit soda, top off the drink with your favorite lemon-lime soda (Think 7UP or Sprite).
Old Fashioned Press: Pour half lemon-lime soda, and half soda water. This makes it less sweet, but still tingly and refreshing.
Whiskey: To enjoy a version closer to the one "folks from out of town" make, substitute your favorite bourbon or whiskey.
Classic Wisconsin garnishes: Besides the orange wheel and cherry, this drink can sometimes be garnished with some seriously funky stuff: pickled green beans, olives, pickled mushrooms, and even pickled Brussels sprouts. Then you KNOW you're in Wisconsin!