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 party every month featuring some of my hard cider, we sometimes do a … 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

A Perfect Pairing: Grilled Cheese and Hard Cider

A Perfect Pairing: Grilled Cheese & Hard Cider

With stay at home orders in place, I noticed that I’ve been using my wild sourdough starter to make a lot of sandwich bread loaves. I even made a multigrain variant that we used for egg salad and buns for smash burgers. The cool thing is that it is an easy recipe to make and … Continue reading A Perfect Pairing: Grilled Cheese and Hard Cider

Making Garden Cider

Garden Cider: Plum and Ginger Hard Cider

Some of our favorite memories are often centered around food. Most major events in our lives include food and when that food is exceptional, it elevates the entire experience. As a result, food Aromas and tastes can often be a trigger for great memories. My wife has a saying “Make a memory”, which is her … Continue reading Making Garden Cider

Making My First Hard Cider

My First Hard Cider Label

This post is not so much a hard cider recipe as it is a simple and low cost method to making hard cider. It’s focused on providing a basic foundation for making hard cider my way. My way means organic and no sulfites. However, if that’s not your way, it can easily be adapted to … Continue reading Making My First Hard Cider

Making Japanese Sunrise Hard Cider

Apples for Hard Cider Recipe.

The orchard I pick has Mutsu and Shizuka apples. These along with Orin apples were all discovered in Japan in the early to mid-twentieth century. What I find interesting is all three apples have the same parentage: Golden Delicious and Indo. They are siblings and just like humans, you can see the likeness at times … Continue reading Making Japanese Sunrise Hard Cider

Making Prickly Apple Hard Cider

Making Prickly Apple Cider

Prickly Apple is my flagship hard cider. After I started making hard cider, I soon realized how much I enjoyed not just drinking it but crafting it as well. I decided that I wanted my hard ciders and hard cider recipes to be based on organic or non-sprayed fruits and adjuncts. I wanted to know … Continue reading Making Prickly Apple Hard Cider