Stone Fence Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Stone Fence cocktail is believed to have originated in colonial America, around the time of the Revolutionary War. It was a popular drink among soldiers and farmers alike, as it combined readily available ingredients like hard cider and rum. The drink's name is thought to come from the stone fences that were common in rural areas at the time.

  • Early American settlers enjoyed this simple, rustic cocktail
  • Popular among soldiers during the Revolutionary War
  • Named after the stone fences found in rural areas

How Stone Fence Tastes?

The Stone Fence has a refreshing, crisp taste with a balance of sweet and tart flavors. The hard cider provides a fruity, slightly sour base, while the rum adds warmth and depth. The result is a well-rounded, easy-drinking cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.

Interesting facts about Stone Fence

  • The Stone Fence is sometimes called a Stone Wall, depending on the region
  • It can be made with various types of rum, including dark, spiced, or aged rum
  • Some variations of the Stone Fence include a splash of lemon or lime juice for added tartness


  • Hard cider: 6 oz(180ml)
  • Rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Ice: 1 cup

Hard Cider

The hard cider offers a crisp, fruity base that complements the warm tones of rum. 6 oz gives the right balance without overpowering the rum's unique characteristics. Without it, you'd miss the apple notes that make this drink a 'fence' of flavors. A substitute could be apple juice for a non-alcoholic version, which would yield a softer drink.

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Rum brings a sweet and slightly spicy kick, which turns the cider into a boozy delight. 2 oz is enough to warm you up without knocking you off your perch. Less rum, and you've got a wimpy fence; more, and it's less a fence and more a fortress. Whiskey can be a substitute, for a deeper, more complex flavor.

Mary Mitkina


A cup of ice chills the drink, keeping it refreshing. Without the ice, the cocktail would be warm and less inviting. No ice could also mean a diluted flavor if the drink sits too long. Want to change it up? Try frozen apple slices to keep it cold and add a touch of extra apple zest!

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Recipe. How to make Stone Fence Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice
  2. Pour 2 oz of rum over the ice
  3. Top with 6 oz of hard cider
  4. Stir gently to combine
  5. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge, if desired

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality rum for the best flavor. Aged or spiced rum can add depth to the cocktail.
  • Chill the cider before making the cocktail to ensure it's refreshing.
  • Don't over-stir the cocktail, as it can dilute the flavors.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Barbecue: The sweet and tangy flavors of hard cider complement the smoky taste of barbecue meats.
  • Pork Dishes: The classic profile of rum pairs well with the delicate flavors of pork, making this a great combination.
  • Sharp Cheeses: A stone fence cocktail can cut through the richness of sharp cheeses like cheddar.
  • Apple Pie: Keep the apple theme going by pairing with an apple pie or other apple-based desserts.

Drink Pairings

  • Water: To stay hydrated while enjoying your cocktail.
  • Coffee: A good option for those who might want a non-alcoholic drink afterwards to clear the palate.

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What you could change in Stone Fence

  • Rum: You can substitute the rum with bourbon or brandy.
  • Hard Cider: A dry apple cider or even a non-alcoholic apple cider can be used if hard cider isn't available.

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Spiced Stone Fence

Add a cinnamon stick and a dash of angostura bitters to the rum before topping with cider. This adds a spiced, aromatic layer that's perfect for cooler weather. The cinnamon's warmth dances with the rum's spice, creating a cozy fence you'll want to snuggle up to.

Green Orchard Fence

Swap the hard cider for a dry, green apple cider and add a sprig of fresh thyme. The herbal notes of thyme create an intriguing balance with the tangy green apple. This version is a fresh take on the original, perfect for a spring or summer afternoon.

Stone Wall

Replace the rum with bourbon and add a teaspoon of maple syrup. The bourbon gives a vanilla and oak twist, while the maple syrup sweetens the deal. It's a southern cousin to the Stone Fence, offering a sweet, sturdy wall to lean on after a long day.

In case you forgot basics how to make Stone Fence

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Stone Fence

What is the best occasion to serve the Stone Fence cocktail?

The Stone Fence cocktail is a very versatile drink that suits any occasion, from casual gatherings to formal events. Its refreshing taste makes it perfect for summer parties, while its warming rum content is also enjoyable in colder months.

Can I customize the Stone Fence cocktail?

Yes, the Stone Fence cocktail is versatile and can be customized according to your preference. You can experiment with various types of cider and rum. You can even add a bit of your favorite fruit juice or slices for a personal touch.

Is the Stone Fence cocktail strong?

The strength of the Stone Fence cocktail largely depends on the type and quantity of rum used. However, the cocktail is generally considered medium-strength.

What is the best glassware to serve the Stone Fence cocktail?

The Stone Fence cocktail is typically served in a highball glass. However, you can also use a Collins glass or any tall glass that you have on hand.

How do I store the leftover ingredients?

Hard cider and rum should be tightly sealed and stored in a cool, dark place. The hard cider should be consumed within a couple of days for the best taste once opened.

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