One facet of the cider world that always amazes me is how a drink with such deep, America roots can also feel so contemporary and “of the moment.” This time of year, as the annual apple harvest looms on the horizon and America’s seasonal interest in cider reawakens, my interests turn to the long-forgotten apples at the heart of cider-production. As a Northerner/Yankee/New Englander, my interests always turn to classics such as Newtown Pippins, Stayman Winesaps and lucrative Harrison apples. And then I remember that in the south, and in the west, there is an entirely different apple lexicon.
The video above is in no way new but it is in every way relevant and a great insite into the concern and preservation for classic, southern apples. Look out for cameos from Diane Flynt from Foggy Ridge Cider as well as a stray bottle from Albemarle Ciderworks in the mix.
There is something down right regal about French cider. The subtle sweetness, the nuance of earthly flavors and even the lively carbonation make these ciders of celebration. My personal favorite has to be Cyril Zangs Cidre (pictured above). The funky barnyard notes remind me, subtly, of the Spanish ciders of Basque country while the earth citrus character hints at finer American ciders or even a classic saison. This is a great summer cider.
In this week’s edition of The Cider Press on Serious Eats:Drinks I pick out my three favorite French ciders. Click through to find out which ones made the cut!
While I am not giving up my American artisan ciders any time soon, Summer is one of those times of the year when you can’t always take a 750mL glass bottle wherever you go. So for all those Backyard BBQs and weekend camping trips, there is canned cider. These ciders are distinctly British, often sweet, and meant to be drank cold and fast. And, in general, they’re not very good. But there are some standouts including my favorite, the Crispin Brownslane pictured above. Want to find out which ones to taste and which to toss? Read all the canned cider reviews over on Serious Eats, Drinks (external link)