I have a feeling there are going to be many “Cider, part x” posts over the next several years.
Here are my four most recent tries:
As you can tell by the labels, I am a girl. I pick bottles that look pretty. Whatever. I also did not drink all of these at once, so the taste of one was not influenced by the others. [Edited to add: or inebriation. Unlike last time.]
Thatchers Katy Rosé – Rosé Cider? It was so unexpected I had to try it. Also, it was pink. (See note above re: gender.) Also, I know a lovely person named Katy, so anything with her name has to be good. It was … interesting. Certainly very light, and sweet-but-not-too sweet. I paired it with a stilton and enjoyed the contrast. Husband scoffed and snorted. Girly.
Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider – From Sweden, so on the one hand violates my ‘English Cider’ interest, but on the other hand it’s from Sweden — have you eaten at IKEA lately? I love their food. Whatever. Tastes like a wine cooler, or perhaps a Capri-Sun with a thimbleful of champagne added. Very strong strawberry taste. Girly, again.
Dunkertons Black Fox Cider – The coolest looking label. Might not embarrass your hip friends to be seen drinking it. Fizzy and has a strong element of funkertone but, to be honest, I was drinking this while our household goods were being delivered and the movers were carrying massive boxes up and down and in and out of the house. So bring.it.on was my pov at that moment, and Black Fox Cider certainly did.
Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Okay, not even a cider but it was recommended so why not? The label suggests serving cold over ice with a slice of lime or lemon and … yeah, that rocks. A strong ginger taste but not so much it burns — know what I mean? Minus the having-a-party citrus and ice additions I might convince myself it is medicinal — even healthy — to drink as much of this as possible.
These were all found at my local Waitrose — boring. I don’t know anyone who makes their own cider (I don’t think.) (Yet.) so I’ll be doing some research to find sources of local small-batch ciders to get some real contrasts. But first I’ll finish off this Ginger Beer …