When you think about apple cider, the tastes and smells of afternoon outings at your local apple orchard may come to mind.
You may have never dreamt that the sweet unfermented juice at the orchards could be created into a delicious concoction available at your local liquor store. Hard cider drinks have made a grand statement since they hit the market, and they are especially relevant when crisp New England weather arrives.
There are many types of hard cider to enjoy, and each has its own unique place in this sweet and exciting revolution. Sweet, tart, still, sparkling, strong or weak – hard cider flavors are available for nearly every palate. You can even create a new favorite drink recipe using hard cider.
Here are three fantastic ways to enjoy the various types of hard cider this fall (or anytime):
Host a Cider Tasting Party at Home
The best way to learn more about something is to try it for yourself. All you really need to host your own cider party is a handful of ingredients (check out the variety of hard ciders at Julio’s Liquors) and some good friends. Buy a few bottles of cider you’ve yet to try – or host a potluck style party, having each guest bring a bottle – and create a great experience featuring craft ciders. Take note of the alcoholic strength of the cider, the complexity of the flavor, the aroma, etc.
Attend a Free Cider Tasting
Celebrate hard cider in all its glory by attending local cider festivals and tastings with friends. At Julio’s Liquors, we just celebrated our 3rd Annual Fall Cider Festival featuring local and national ciders. Explore the different varieties across the country by taking a road trip or staying close to home – stay tuned for more exciting events at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA where you can always find your favorite bottle. It’s an easy way to enjoy hard cider!
Read about Cider
If you’re a bookworm by nature, try cozying up by the fire with a good bottle of hard cider and a good book about cider. Here are a few we recommend:
By Ben Watson
By: Annie Proulx
By: Vrest Orton
The cider “Renaissance,” as some call it, has provoked an unremarkable interest in cider making, calling for hundreds of different hard cider varieties available to people. The flavors and characteristics of apples have been transformed into delectable blends (Fact: New England is known for dry ciders) with balanced sweetness, tartness and dryness in a finished drink. There is literally a hard cider for everyone.
Enjoy yours today!