Can you believe it? Autumn is already here, and the leaves are slowly starting to change colors. All the pumpkin patches are full, and the pumpkin stands are out everywhere. I love the smell of the freshly dipped caramel apples that are decorated so beautifully here in the produce department.
It sounds like a great idea to build a bonfire in the crisp fall air and pour yourself a mug of hot, fresh apple cider to warm you up.
I have been enjoying ciders for many years. My first taste was back in England with my first sip of Woodpecker English cider. I fell in love with the slightly sweet, sparkly apple taste. Then I moved on to Ye Olde English cider, which is slightly stronger and drier. After that was Leeds United (my hometown football team) sponsored Strongbow cider.
Cider is an alcoholic drink made from fermented fruit—typically apples. It seems like, these days, you can use just about any fruit.
Here are some of my favorites.
Tandem Smackintosh Cider:
From the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan. Just like the name, it will literally make your lips smack together with its tangy, sweet taste.
Vander Mill Blue Gold: Spring Lake-Michigan:
Never mind Blue Gold! I would call this liquid gold! This is one of my favorites. It’s delicately sweet in the beginning, ending with a blast of blueberry gobbler.
Crispin Natural Hard Pear Cider: Colfax California:
Made all natural with a 100% pear juice. Slightly sweet with a crisp pear character.
It’s amazing how cider has exploded on the scene over the last couple of years. The choices and varieties are awesome. Ciders aren’t for everyone, but if you haven’t tried cider, please come by Nino’s and check out our great selection. You won’t be disappointed.