Sweetly tangy, and satisfyingly robust, fresh-pressed apple cider is springing up in greenmarkets and grocery stores everywhere right now. Equally delicious drunk cold straight from the fridge, or warmed over the stove with a dash of spice, this seasonal treat is something I really look forward to every fall.
All this got me thinking: a liquid ingredient this good has got to have some serious cocktail potential. A browse through the Internet turned up some especially tasty-sounding options:
Spiced Apple Cider: apple cider, cinnamon, anise, cloves, dark rum, oranges (from The Kitchn's archives)
Sagatiba Autumn Breeze: apple cider, cachaca, cinnamon liqueur, cranberry juice, lime juice (via Sagatiba website)
Apple Cider Cocktail: apple cider, Calvados, brandy, lemon juice, maple syrup (from Williams-Sonoma's Holiday Entertaining, via Pittsburg Post-Gazette)
But as tantalizing as these recipes sounded, I was looking for something quick and simple that could be mixed up with the minimum number of ingredients - and preferably things already on hand. Then I came across the Stone Fence. Dating back to the days of the American Revolution, this one's an oldie, but a goodie: rich and fresh tasting - the perfect treat for a fall day.
Stone Fence (adapted from Imbibe! by David Wondrich) (makes one cocktail)
2 ounces bourbon (rum or brandy are other options) fresh apple cider (approximately 5-6 ounces)
Pour the bourbon into an Old Fashioned or Collins glass, add two or three ice cubes, and top up with apple cider. Stir gently.