Five Global Ciders to Try (And Perfect Recipe Pairings)

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Many rules about how to pair wine with various food items are firmly entrenched in our brains. Yet, these tried-and-true guidelines that never fail aren’t as commonly known for cider, a beverage with immense food-pairing potential.

Much like wine, cider comes in a variety of styles, depending on the types of apples that are used, where they are grown and the production methods employed. They can be racy and crisp like an Albariño, or fruity and bubbly like a Prosecco, or even earthy, tannic and tangy like a skin-contact white wine.

These stylistic differences can be broadly segmented by country of origin, where traditional production methods and regional apples yield different results. With that in mind, here’s a guide of the main cider styles from the United States, England and Spain, paired with dishes that enhance the characteristics of vinous-minded fermented apple juice.



Photo by Sarah Anne Ward / Food styling by Barrett Washburne
American Cider with Oysters Two Ways

Along with a simple recipe to cook up fresh oysters in a homemade Nuóc Châm sauce, we'll also show you the best American cider to enjoy with this meal.

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English Cider and Castelfranco Radicchio with Seared Pear

In this recipe, the sweetness of the seared pears pairs perfectly with the savory radicchio. We'll also show you the English cider to enjoy with this dish.

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Spanish Cider with Jamon-Wrapped Tortilla Española

Sidra natural is a cider style of Asturias and Basque Country, and pairs expertly with this jamon and egg dish.

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French Cider with Miso Cod Rice Bowls

This dish combines a variety of fresh ingredients, allowing you to tailor to your liking, and pairs perfectly with French Cider.

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Published on September 15, 2020