Stonewall Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

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 Stonewall cocktail is a classic, named after the Stonewall Inn of New York City, the birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. It's a cocktail that's as strong and resilient as the community it represents. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a strong, robust drink with a hint of sweetness.

How Stonewall Cocktail Tastes?

The Stonewall cocktail is a strong, robust drink with a hint of sweetness. It has a rich, full-bodied flavor with a slight tanginess from the lemon juice. The bourbon gives it a deep, smoky undertone, while the maple syrup adds a subtle sweetness that balances out the strength of the other ingredients.

Interesting facts about Stonewall Cocktail

  • The Stonewall cocktail is named after the Stonewall Inn, a historic gay bar in New York City.
  • This cocktail is often served during Pride Month in June to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Despite its strong flavor, the Stonewall cocktail is surprisingly easy to make at home.



Bourbon is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a robust and smooth base with hints of caramel and vanilla. At 2 oz, it's just the right amount to stand up to the other flavors without overpowering. Too much and you risk drowning out the subtleties; too little and the drink becomes too tart.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon juice adds brightness and a zesty tang that cuts through the sweetness of the maple syrup. 1 oz ensures the cocktail has a lively freshness without turning into a lip-puckering experience. Skip it and the cocktail loses its balanced acidity, becoming overly sweet.

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Maple Syrup

Maple syrup gives a seasonal sweetness and a touch of woody complexity to the drink. 1 oz strikes a cozy balance between sweet and sour. If you go overboard, the drink becomes cloying; skimp and you might as well be drinking a bourbon sour.

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Angostura Bitters

Two dashes of Angostura bitters add depth and spice. They're the 'salt and pepper' of the cocktail world, a little goes a long way. Forget them and the cocktail tastes flat. You can experiment with other bitters for different twists, like orange or chocolate, which will change the drink's accent notes.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Stonewall Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz of bourbon, 1 oz of lemon juice, 1 oz of maple syrup, and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your cocktail glass before serving for a colder, more refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings

Savory Bites

  • Grilled steak: The rich bourbon and sweet maple notes complement the smokiness of grilled meats.
  • Barbecue pork: The acidity of the lemon juice cuts through the fattiness of the pork.
  • Aged cheese: A platter of aged cheddar or gouda pairs well with the cocktail's full-bodied bourbon flavor.

Sweet Treats

  • Apple pie: The maple syrup in the cocktail echoes the sweet, warm flavors of a classic apple pie.
  • Dark chocolate: Intense dark chocolate finds a delightful counterpart in the sweet and sour notes of the Stonewall.

Small Bites

  • Spiced nuts: A mix of sweet and spicy nuts complements the cocktail's complexity.
  • Olives: The brininess of olives contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the maple syrup.

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What you could change in Stonewall Cocktail

  • Bourbon can be substituted with any other type of whiskey.
  • Maple syrup can be replaced with honey or agave nectar.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky Stonewall

Replace bourbon with 2 oz of rye whiskey to add a pepperier, spicier edge. Include a 1/2 oz of mezcal for a smoky dimension. This twist introduces a bold smokiness that makes the cocktail more complex and perfect for those who enjoy a little fire in their sip.

Autumn Orchard

Swap the lemon juice for 1 oz of apple cider, and add a pinch of cinnamon. This variant tastes like autumn in a glass, with the maple syrup and apple cider bringing out a harvest festival vibe.

Maple Old Fashioned

Increase bourbon to 2.5 oz, reduce maple syrup to 1/2 oz, and add a splash of orange juice. Garnish with an orange peel. This twist lends an old fashioned feel with a maple kick, ideal for bourbon lovers who like their drinks with a hint of citrus and less sweetness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Stonewall Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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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 Stonewall Cocktail

What type of bourbon works best for the Stonewall cocktail?

While any type of bourbon can be used, a higher-end bourbon will often result in a smoother tasting cocktail.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Stonewall cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute the bourbon with a non-alcoholic bourbon alternative. The rest of the ingredients remain the same.

How can I properly measure 'a dash' of Angostura Bitters?

A 'dash' is generally considered to be about 1/8 of a teaspoon.

What can I use as a garnish if I don't have a lemon?

If you don't have a lemon for garnish, an orange peel or a cherry would also work well.

Are there any other cocktails named after significant LGBTQ+ historic events or figures?

Yes, there are a number of cocktails named in honor of significant LGBTQ+ figures and events. Examples include the Harvey Milk Cocktail and the Rainbow Flag Cocktail.

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