There’s nothing like a good drink to make a cold, dreary day a little bit better. Embrace the season with these special release winter ciders that will warm you up and get you ready to take on the all the holiday festivities.
Forest & Frost Gose | Graft Cidery | Newburgh, NY
From its seasonal gose-style cider line, Graft’s winter release includes winter berries that pops with creamy hints of hibiscus, vanilla, orris root and pink sea salt. This sour cider has a nice sweetness to it and makes for a festive treat. Siblings Kyle and Sara Sherrer started the cidery focusing on bringing sour cider to the masses which is why their gose series is a must-try.
Windfall Orchard Ice Cider | Windfall Orchard | Cornwall, VT
If you haven’t tried an ice cider before, now is the time. This specific rendition is made by pressing apples early in the season and then freezing the juice until it’s highly concentrated and brought in for fermentation. Windfall Orchards uses more than 30 traditional and heirloom apple varieties in this ice cider, making it unique and packed with flavor.
Abbey Spice | Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider | Portland, OR
Fermented with thousands of pounds of raisins and dark muscovado sugar from the East African country of Mauritius, this cider is semi-dry and full of flavor. Warm yourself up with this New England-style sip heated over the stove for maximum effect. Or if you’re feeling a little cheeky, add a splash of rum to the cider which will have you tingling with warmth in no time.
Winter Blend | Downeast Cider | Boston
Whether you’ve cooped yourself up in your living room with holiday movies or you’ve had to brave the outside, crack open a can of this Boston cidery’s Winter Blend. Made with toasted oak chips, cinnamon bark and nutmeg, the sip has a nice winter flavor without going too far with the spices. Consider it the next time you’re in the kitchen baking up a storm and needing a drink.
Oaked Maple | Seattle Cider Co. | Seattle
Get the best of both coasts with this seasonal cider. Made with Washington apples and sweetened with maple syrup from Vermont this cider is fermented with toasted oak chips for a full-bodied feel. It’s not only perfect for when you seek shelter from the cold but for starting your day off with a kick when you sleep in on a snow day and decide to make some pancakes or waffles.