By most accounts, the term ‘cocktail’ as a name for mixed drinks came into being in the early 1800s. But of course people were drinking spirits mixed with other ingredients (including other spirits) before then. In the late 1700s in the US colonies, there was so much rum and hard cider, it was inevitable the two would be paired at some point. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys, led by legendary rebel Ethan Allen, were fond of dropping a big shot of rum into a pint of cider before heading into battle—even, or especially, if they were wildly outnumbered in that battle. Out of that, um, hearty custom, the Stone Fence was born.
It’s a great drink, perfectly suited to fall, and as for the name, well, that's a warning not to have too many or you’re liable to feel like you've run full speed into a … Stone Fence.
- 2 oz rum
- Hard apple cider, to top
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Mint, for garnish
- Add rum and bitters to a Highball glass filled with ice
- Top with cider and stir to combine and chill
- Garnish with a mint sprig.