Autumn has officially arrived. While it might feel like summer just started — or that 2020 has been the longest year of your life — today is the day to put that behind you and ring in the start of sweater weather. Revel in fall’s yearly harvest of seasonal flavors in a variety of inspired ciders!
While pumpkin seems to get all the hype each year, there are other fall flavors that deserve some time in the spotlight too: caramel, cinnamon, cranberry, and of course, apples. If there’s one beverage that prospers in the fall, it’s cider.
Try autumnal beverages from these six cideries, featuring some of fall’s most iconic flavors – all of which are just as delicious in a cider as they are in their usual place in baked desserts and sumptuous entrees.
Blake’s Hard Cider
Sipping on the Caramel Apple from family-owned Michigan cidery Blake’s Hard Cider will no doubt evoke memories of your county fair’s favorite fall treat. Enjoy the cidery’s brand-new, limited edition flavor featuring notes of sharp green apple framed by the smooth sweet taste of caramel. This dessert-substituting cider will satisfy your sweet tooth all while avoiding the inevitable sticky mess of eating this classic fall dessert.
Austin Eastciders uses a blend of bittersweet apples and real cranberry juice for their brand new seasonal fall standout. Enjoy this classically fall-flavored cider straight from the can, use it to spice up a holiday punch or pair it with this house recipe for mojo pork. This semisweet delight features tart cranberries and crisp apples and like any cranberry sauce, it will pair well with turkey dishes heading into the thankful season.
Mac & Maple
Champlain Orchards Cidery
Shining a spotlight on the best of Vermont’s fall harvest is the Mac & Maple from the state’s Champlain Orchards Cidery. A legendary duo is formed with pure Vermont maplesSyrup and sweet-tasting McIntosh apples — the go-to apple for bakers that are often used in pies and sauce, as well as the leading variety in the state. Shake the chill off with this semi-dry cider’s tantalizing aftertaste of pure Vermont maple syrup, which lingers on the palate well after each sip.
One Tree Hard Cider
Called “Grandma’s pie in a glass,” the Caramel Cinnamon from One Tree Hard Cider is perfect when you’re not exactly up for taking the time to bake a pie. Made from locally-grown ingredients from Washington State, this cider is great on its own, or over vanilla ice cream, just like any great pie is. With every sip, thank the blend of Washington dessert apples, Saigon cinnamon, organic cane sugar and house-made caramel cinnamon sauce for its signature flavor.
Lancaster County Cider
Handcrafted in Pennsylvania with locally sourced apples, Lancaster County Cider releases Salted Caramel, the cidery’s ode to autumn in cider form, each September. With a seasonal blend of spices, real caramel and local apples, this fall-themed cider has a little bit of edge and depth over the unsalted caramel flavor. This undeniably fall cider is the perfect for the adult who wants to taste their favorite childhood treat in cider form.