Already one of the fastest-growing drinks in America, this season is looking ripe for a serious cider surge. Ride this delicious wave by knocking back these five easy-drinking elixirs.
The Trois Pépins from Swiss Cidrerie du Vulcain is an apple, quince and pear blend. Its tart, tropical fruit-driven palate is reminiscent of a shandy, yet creamy bubbles add some much-needed weight and texture, making it perfect for sweet and savory grilled fare. > Drink With: Marinated Flank Steak
Built for brunch, E.Z. Orchards’ Roman Beauty Cider from the Willamette Valley has floral levity on the nose that leads to a creamy, off-dry palate reminiscent of a lemon custard-filled almond croissant. > Drink With: Banana French Toast
The Basque, made by Vermont’s Shacksbury, is a Spanish-style cider, with a pleasing punch of barnyard funk that’s mellowed by bright citrus notes and an acidic verve on the long finish. > Drink With: Spicy Sausage Pizza
Thatchers Gold Somerset Cider is an off-dry, crisp English cider, with a bright green-apple flavor and light, fuzzy tannins. Time in neutral oak lends some richness, making it a choice selection for hot summer afternoons around the smoke pit. > Drink With: Tangy BBQ
Fanfare, from Blue Bee Cider, is an off-dry blend of apple and mulberry boasting lively apricot and raspberry notes. Impeccably balanced, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fruit-laden dessert that didn’t go well with this winner from Richmond, Virginia. > Drink With: Peach Cobbler