Making Magic Pippin 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 Magic Pippin 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

Hard Cider Tip #12: Counter-Pressure Bottle Filling

Bottling: Using a counter-pressure bottle filler.

As a homemade hard cider maker, I keep finding myself looking for new and maybe better ways to make and process my hard cider. Most of my hard cider recipes are based on my current method for making hard cider, which entails using kegs. Kegs have given me more flexibility in managing my process for … Continue reading Hard Cider Tip #12: Counter-Pressure Bottle Filling

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

Socially Distanced Hard Cider

Socially Distanced Hard Cider: Botanist & Bottle

We will all experience life changing or life impacting events. The longer we live, the more of them we have. Usually, these events impact us or a small group around us. However, sometimes the impact is larger, but rarely, do we experience an event that truly impacts our entire world. We are all living in … Continue reading Socially Distanced Hard Cider