Stone Fence

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Cocktail History

The Stone Fence is a simple cocktail recipe that is believed to have been created during the American Revolution. Legend has it Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys knocked back a few drinks similar to the this one before their raid on Fort Ticonderoga, hence its name. While the most accessible base spirit back then was likely rum, nowadays this drink is commonly made with any dark aged spirit.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Bourbon: This is the base spirit. We went with Boondocks 8 Year Bourbon for its smooth, rich taste with notes of vanilla, raisins, and smoke.

Apple Cider: This gives the drink its sweetened apple and spice flavor. We prefer to use freshly-pressed apple cider available from a local orchard and not the bottled stuff because those tend to taste too sour no matter what brand you get.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with botanicals. They add more spice and complexity to the drink and tie the other flavors together.

Mint: This is the garnish. It adds fresh mint aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

When we made the Stone Fence, we decided to go with a port barrel finished bourbon because distillers of the time probably would’ve used any barrels they had around for aging sprits. The cocktail begins with fresh aromas of mint and apple, evolves into a smooth warming blend of sweet spiced-apple laced bourbon, and finishes with an extra layer of dark chocolate complexity in the aftertaste.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We both thought this recipe would be perfect for that first cool, crisp night of the fall season when you’re sitting by the campfire to stay warm and that it would also be a great gateway for anyone trying to ease into bourbon’s sharp and spicy taste.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: The Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 5 oz Apple Cider
 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add bourbon, apple cider, bitters, and ice to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Garnish with mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Bourbon
 5 oz Apple Cider
 1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add bourbon, apple cider, bitters, and ice to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 30-45 seconds.

3

Garnish with mint sprig.

Stone Fence

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More Apple Cocktails

If you like this apple-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Spiced Pumpkin Punch: A gin cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin purée, honey syrup, lemon juice, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sticks

 Salted Caramel Apple Martini: A gin and apple brandy cocktail made with salted caramel syrup

 Apple Brandy Sour: An apple brandy cocktail made with lemon juice, maple syrup, egg white, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a cherry

 Apple Crush: An apply brandy and vodka cocktail made with apple cider, lemon juice, simple syrup, maple sugar, honeycrisp apple, and a cinnamon stick

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