Wednesday, August 1, 2012



I've had Becket’s old fashioneds before, so I knew I was in for a treat, but it had been a few months so I wasn’t exactly sure what my rating would be. I met a few friends at the bar. I had just missed happy hour, so my brandy old fashioned was $4. What I love about Becket’s is the ceiling to floor windows, the high ceilings and the light bar made from an old bowling alley from UWO. I love the modern, sleek feel-- it is definitely different than most places Oshkosh has to offer.

A friend's receipt. Just soda? Becket's takes their drinks seriously.

I ordered my “brandy old fashioned sour with olives” from the bartender. She grabbed a tall glass, added 2 maraschino cherries, 1 orange slice, bitters, loose sugar and probably 2 shots of Christian Brother’s brandy. I was sort of distracted by friends telling of tales that occurred at Spare Time. Also the bartender was at one end of the bar and I was at the the other, so I am not quite sure exactly how much of the sugar, bitters and brandy was added, but at least 1/3 of the glass, if not closer to ½ was full when the drink was muddled with a wooden pestle. Great care and time was taken to make this concoction fully blended. Then the ice, sour and olive garnish was added.

This drink was spectacular. It took every ounce of self-control to not guzzle it down, but to sip and enjoy. It was not sweet; however, it was not too sour either. It had a great depth and a handsome flavor. I think this drink was so perfect was due to the brandy being muddled with the rest of the base, dispersing the flavors throughout the drink. I look forward to returning for another and this one will be hard to beat. I easily give Becket’s Old Fashioneds my first 5-olive rating.

Rating (out of 5 olives)
2 jackson st. corner of Jackson and the river

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