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Stone Fence Cocktail Recipe: A Colonial American Favorite (“Stone Wall”)


Meet a drink that was the favorite of many of the colonials and revolutionaries in the Northeast of what would soon be the United States – the Stone Fence.

rum drink being poured into rocks glass
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Also commonly known as the “Stonewall” (or “Stone Wall”), this cocktail was quite simple: rum and hard cider, essentially. The infamous Green Mountain Boys and their leader, Ethan Allen, purportedly drank this mixture prior to the legendary taking of Fort Ticonderoga.

Benedict Arnold also was said to have tried this, and to have reported on the Green Mountain Boys’ doing so. Even Buffalo Bill, much later, was a fan (he preferred it with a twist of lemon).

Soon, with the westward push and expansion, the drink would evolve; during the Civil War period, it came to be made with corn whiskey and non-alcoholic apple cider. This recipe here is an attempt at the Colonial American original.

Stone Fence Cocktail

The "Stone Fence" cocktail, also known as the "Stonewall" or "Stone Wall," was a colonial American Favorite of the Green Mountain Boys and others.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Alcoholic Drink
Cuisine: American, American – Early/Colonial
Keyword: Historical
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 221kcal
Cost: $2


  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 6 oz hard cider
  • 1 pc lemon twist optional


  • In a pint glass, pour the rum followed by the hard cider.
  • That's really it. Simple, no?


Ice can be added. Also, add a twist of lemon, if you prefer.