Pumpkin ciders certainly have a place at the table, but there are so many other flavors to enjoy when the season changes to fall. From apple pie to cider donuts, there’s a plethora of treats to embrace as the weather starts to cool. Whether you’re headed out on a hike to scope out autumn colors or you’re cozying up by the fire, these sips won’t steer you wrong. Read on for seven fall dessert-inspired ciders to enjoy all season long.
Apple Pie | Blake’s Hard Cider Co. – Armada, Mich.
Crack open this can and you’ll feel like you’re sitting down with a warm slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top. Dessert apples were pressed and paired with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to create the coziest sip. If you want to grab it for yourself, definitely don’t sleep on this seasonal can. It was developed to honor 75 years of Blake Farms, and it won’t be available forever.
Cider Donut | 1911 Established – Lafayette, N.Y.
If you’ve ever gone to an apple orchard to spend the afternoon picking, there may have been other activities such as hayrides or even a petting zoo. Another favorite? Fresh cider donuts. If you can’t make it out to a farm this fall, 1911 Established has the perfect treat fix for you. With notes of brown sugar and spices, and balanced sweetness, this tastes just like a fresh hot donut on a cool fall day.
Resolution | Diskin Cider – Nashville, Tenn.
Apple desserts reign supreme in fall — and for good reason! The aromatics of crisp apples pair perfectly with sugar and spice. That is certainly true with Resolution — except for, as with all of Diskin’s ciders, there’s zero added sugar. Just well-balanced spice, thanks to the inclusion of real cinnamon bark. This seasonal offering is spiced up for fall and ready to enjoy, hot or cold.
Peach Crumble | Red Clay Ciderworks – Charlotte, N.C.
The tail end of peach season means plenty of peach crumbles, crisps and cobblers. With notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, peach crumbles are a nostalgic dessert and Red Clay Ciderworks has harnessed that flavor. Take a sip of this semi-sweet cider to be greeted with plenty of peach and vanilla, and just a touch of cinnamon to round it out.
Apple Pie Cider | Washington Gold Cider – Chelan, Wash.
Hailing from one of the nation’s most fruitful apple growing regions, Washington Gold Cider offers its apple pie cider year-round. The cider boasts simple, natural ingredients that lead into spicy notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a great balance of sweetness and acidity.
Chaider | Schilling Hard Cider – Portland, Ore.
Next to pumpkin spice lattés, what’s the best way to drink dessert? None other than a spicy hot chai. Schilling works to harness the beauty of specialty chai tea each autumn, and the result is a smooth, seasonal cider with just a hint of a spicy kick.
Apple Pie-Secco | Nine Pin Cider – Albany, N.Y.
This isn’t your average apple pie cider. Nine Pin Cider is kicking things up a notch by bringing the bubbles with Apple Pie-Secco. The skinny 12-ounce can makes it perfectly portable, and the design just screams fall. And with New York apples, autumn aromas and balanced bubbles, it’s the perfect cider to enjoy on a walk as you take in the season’s stunning fall colors.