Are you a big fan of cider but somewhat put-off by how high in alcohol some of these tasty apple concoctions can be? Fear no more: This fall there are plenty of lower-ABV ciders available across the country that will satisfy your taste buds and not over saturate your liver. As cider steps closer into the spotlight as the go-to drink of the season — and as tailgates lower down and require longer-term sipping — a variety of “session ciders” are available for days when you want to relax but not completely unwind.
Cider Spritz | Shacksbury | Vergennes, VT | 3.8% ABV
A nod to the Italian spritz cocktail tradition, this cider boasts a light body with citrus and floral tones. It’s made with a combination of five different apple varieties grown in Vermont that go through a slow and cool fermentation process before being aged for two months. Best enjoyed when paired with seafood, sunshine and a long afternoon.
Easy Apple | Angry Orchard | Walden, NY | 4.2% ABV
For those searching for something that is less sweet than some of Angry Orchard’s other ciders, this refreshing blend might be exactly what you’re looking for. This “easy-to-drink” cider is unfiltered and made with casual sipping in mind. Enjoy it year round when looking for a light and airy drink for any laid-back occasion.
Radl’ah Session Cider | Colorado Cider Co. | Denver, CO | 4.25% ABV
A cider version of the classic German Radler, this sip gets a Colorado twist. Switching out lemon soda for natural flavors from lemongrass and lemon balm, this citrus-centered cider is a revitalizing option for when you’re looking for something to sip on. Pour it over ice if you’re feeling the need for an added level of refreshment.
Helen’s Blend | Jack’s Hard Cider | Biglerville, PA | 4.5% ABV
Pressed from cider apples that have been flourishing for over 50 years, Helen’s Blend is a fruity cider that isn’t too sweet. It’s made with natural acids and sugars that come together to create a smooth yet dry drink that can be found all year round. Try pairing it with cheese and a good salad at your next tailgate or with cherry pie for a flavorful treat.
Devil’s Harvest | Jersey Cider Works | Newark, NJ | 4.5% ABV
Named after the legendary Jersey Devil, this session cider aims to make a mark on drinkers in the best way possible. Skillfully crafted in New Jersey with flavors of sour cherry, wild cranberry and hints of white pepper, the alcohol content was produced intentionally lower to ensure maximum drinkability on long, easy days.