Ginger is often an acquired taste, but once you let it get the best of you, its versatility is right up there with the likes of pumpkin (ahem, Starbucks does make a gingerbread latte, you know). With that knowledge, if you find that your warm mug of ginger tea and scrumptious plate of gingersnaps are lacking the kick you crave, throw some ginger cider onto the palate to properly complete the theme. Here are few ginger-slapped scrumpys that are classically fall, but with their own special twist.
Ginger Peach || Vander Mill || Spring Lake, M
When you combine the spiciness of ginger with the sweetness of peach, you get Ginger Peach cider—a delicate yet delicious dynamic that comes to life atop notes of locally grown and pressed Michigan apples. Enjoy this one by itself or pair it with the pulled pork sandwich from Vander Mill’s kitchen.
Gingeroot || Millstone Cellars || Monkton, MD
If you thought ginger cider sounded unique on its own, wait until you taste this one, infused with raw blueberry honey. This unexpected twist is actually unsurprising coming from Millstone Cellars, where the cidery thrives on a mission of art and sensory analysis over science.
Ginger Bite || Apple Outlaw || Applegate, OR
Crafted with Peruvian yellow ginger and a blend of apples from Apple Outlaw’s family-owned orchard, this aptly named cider indeed has a bite to it. Even the cidermakers—both from California—agree that it’s tough to beat good ol’ Northwest apples.
Firecracker || Blue Bee Cider || Richmond, VA
You know dessert wine exists, but have you heard of dessert ginger cider? Well, Blue Bee Cider’s Firecracker is exactly that, and this limited edition find is handcrafted with Virginia Gold Rush apples and an infusion of ginger. Its gold hue truly is reminiscent of gold and fireworks.
Ginger-Carrot Apple || Aaron Burr Cidery || Wurtsboro, NY
With distinct ciders such as the Malus Baccata (Siberian Crabapple) and Appinette (a blend of the Traminette grape variety and apples), Ginger-Carrot Apple cider fits right into the mix from Aaron Burr Cidery. Made with ginger and carrot straight from Chinatown, this creation is the perfect pairing for your favorite Asian cuisine.
Forest Ginger || Finnriver Farm & Cidery || Chimacum, WA
The fall seasonal blend from Finnriver, this cider is of course the missing link to your fireside-infused fall night in. Woodsy, earthy notes from Washington apples with forest-harvested fir tips plus warm ginger aromas will have you feeling quite festive.
Hibiscus Ginger || Awestruck Ciders || Walton, NY
We can’t think of enough reasons to indulge in this work of cider art. In addition to its enchanting pink hue, the elixir boasts floral notes from being steeped in dried hibiscus calyces. Top that off with ginger root infusion and we are pretty awestruck.