Hard Cider: The Local Way

Local Cider

I am a big advocate that hard cider should reflect your local area. If you are lucky enough to live in England, France, Spain, or even some places in the US that have cider apples, maybe local hard cider would means a traditional cider. That could be dry, tannin-rich and farmhouse, keeved and sparkling, or … Continue reading Hard Cider: The Local Way

Making “American Cider” (a.k.a Apple Juice)

American Cider - Apple Juice

If you are American or grew up in the US, you learned that cider doesn’t mean an alcoholic beverage. Cider meant this cold cloudy drink you would get with doughnuts when visiting an orchard or farm stand. It seem mystical or at least in your memory it is. There must be a special recipe for … Continue reading Making “American Cider” (a.k.a Apple Juice)

Making Sunrise Cider

Making Sunrise Cider

Sunrise Cider: Apricot and Apple There is an apricot tree at the apple orchard I frequent and it normally produces a huge crop of apricots. You can see where this is going. Sunrise Cider combines acidic culinary apples with fresh apricots. In my book, The Art & Science of Cider, I provided this cider recipe … Continue reading Making Sunrise Cider

Making Bitter Orange Hard Cider

Making Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange Hard Cider Label I love citrus adjunct hard ciders. This is because I like the bitters and aroma you can get from the peel. My favorites are pink grapefruit, guava, and orange. I think these tend to have a sweetness in the aroma that provides more balance to the bitter and acidic nature … Continue reading Making Bitter Orange Hard Cider

Making ‘En Chêne Hard Cider

‘En Chêne Hard Cider

I’ve been exploring the use of wood as an adjunct for hard cider. I’ve definitely been having a lot of fun with it. I need to not get carried away this season or I might end up aging every cider on wood. Hmmm... That might be a brilliant idea. Well, ‘En Chêne is a dry … Continue reading Making ‘En Chêne Hard Cider

Making Great Pumpkin Cider

Pumpkin Hard Cider: A Fall Tradition

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is quickly approaching. However, those in the Southern Hemisphere are starting to think about the coming winter. Either way, it’s time to be thinking about your fall hard cider plans. You might be deciding what to do with that final batch of last year’s hard cider or … Continue reading Making Great Pumpkin Cider

Making Pippin Magic Hard Cider

Making Pippin Magic - Hard Cider

Pippin Magic has been one of my favorite hard ciders of the 2019 harvest. I used Newtown Pippin apples, which are also known as Albemarle Pippin apples. The apple was a chance seedling, grown from an apple seed or pip, found in Newtown, New York in the late 1600s or early 1700s. It was taken … Continue reading Making Pippin Magic Hard Cider

Sunday Night Pairing: Popcorn and Hard Cider

Sunday Pairing: hard Cider and Popcorn

Growing up, we’d watch the Disney movie on Sunday nights. If we were lucky, we got to make popcorn. I still remember Witch Mountain and the Apple Dumpling Gang. Popcorn and a movie, what could be better? Gourmet popcorn, a movie, and some homemade craft hard cider would be a good start. I still remember … Continue reading Sunday Night Pairing: Popcorn and Hard Cider

Hard Cider for Breakfast?

Breakfast Hard Cider: Pairing Hard Cider with Breakfast

Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. Well, maybe just this once. A little while ago, someone was asking about a hard cider that would go well with breakfast. Since it is a habit of ours to host a hard cider party every month, we sometimes do a specific food theme. Guess … Continue reading Hard Cider for Breakfast?

Making 520 Hard Cider

520 Cider: A Hard Cider of Southern Arizona

This hard cider represents the local area where I live: Southern Arizona. 520 is the area code and my goal with this cider was to reflect the apples that we have here in that area code, which are dessert apples. However, I wanted to also include other local fruits or adjuncts that would be good … Continue reading Making 520 Hard Cider