The Stone Cold Fox – a New Twist on an Old Classic

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The Stone Cold Fox Cocktail is a delightful play on the Fox River Cocktail. The Fox River first appeared in the 1905 edition of Charles S. Mahoney’s Hoffman House Bartender’s Guide as the Fox River Toddy. The original recipe mixed rye, crème de cacao, sugar, and German bitters with ice, garnished with a lemon twist. Nearly 20 years later, Harry MacElhone featured his version in Harry of Ciro’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails. This version retained the chocolate liqueur, sugar, and lemon twist but replaced rye with bourbon and used peach bitters instead of the German bitters popular during the Gilded Age.

What Makes the Stone Cold Fox Different?

The Stone Cold Fox Cocktail replaces the sugar with orgeat, and garnishes with a peach slice instead of lemon. The word play on “stone” references the peach (stone fruit) and the almond (which resembles the seed inside a peach pit*) flavor that’s found in the orgeat. This was originally a stirred cocktail, but because we’ve introduced the orgeat, I chose to shake it instead, and serve in a chilled coupe glass with a slice of peach replacing the lemon twist.

As you sip this, inhale to get the full effect of the peach aroma on top of the almond, chocolate, and bourbon.

In conclusion, the Stone Cold Fox Cocktail is a contemporary twist on a classic favorite, blending the rich history of the Fox River Toddy with modern mixology. By incorporating orgeat and peach, this version offers a delightful combination of flavors that pay homage to its origins while introducing a fresh and aromatic experience. Shaking the cocktail enhances the infusion of ingredients, culminating in a perfect harmony of bourbon, chocolate, almond, and peach. Serve this sophisticated drink in a chilled coupe glass, garnished with a peach slice, and enjoy the intricate layers of flavor and aroma that make the Stone Cold Fox Cocktail a standout choice for any occasion.

* Never eat the seed in a peach pit – they contain amygdalin, a substance that can create cyanide when digested by enzymes in the gut.

The Stone Cold Fox Cocktail

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  • 2 ounces 2 Wild Turkey 101 bourbon

  • 1/2 ounce 1/2 crème de cacao

  • 1 teaspoon 1 orgeat

  • 2 dashes 2 peach bitters

  • Garnish: peach slice


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker.
  • Add ice, shake until chilled.
  • Strain over a large rock into a rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a peach slice


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