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Cider Sips: Josie Russell Cocktail

In our search for great cider cocktails, we came across an article by Garden & Gun about a book on Hemingway's cocktails.  The book includes a cocktail that Hemingway came up with while fishing on Joe "Josie Grunts" Russell's boat.  Intrigued, we whipped up a batch.  For our first pitcher, we used Jupiter's Legacy, a very dry and lightly citrusy cider.   While the overall flavor was great, this made it quite a tart drink.  Our second batch, we used our sweeter Pomme Mary.  The sweetness balanced out the lime a little better.   All in all a very refreshing cocktail that could be enjoyed at picnics, tailgates, or while sitting on the porch.

Josie Russell Cocktail


  • 4 1/2 oz Rum
  • 12 oz. Hard Cider
  • 2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 2 tsp. Sugar


  • Fill a pitcher with ice, add all ingredients, and stir well.
  • Serve on ice in Collins or highball glasses, garnished with lime wedge or peel.
  • Serves two to three.

To see more cider cocktails, see our Pinterest page.

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