I have a friend whose family has an organic cranberry bog. Every year, he gives me several pounds of cranberries. My wife bakes with them as well as uses them for our Thanksgiving cranberry sauce.
Naturally, I make hard cider with them. Cranberries are tart and astringent: meaning they have acid and tannins. This makes them a great adjunct or addition for a hard cider recipe with dessert apples as the base juice.
Bitter Red hard cider combines two flavors often found in cranberry sauce: cranberry and orange. However, I used blood oranges for this hard cider recipe and it’s been one of my best yet.
This also helped to deepen the red hue of this hard cider.
Checkout the hard cider recipe for Bitter Red in my hard cider recipe section.
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