Can you believe it? Autumn is here! As I look outside my window, the leaves are already changing into the beautiful red and yellow colors of fall, and the pumpkin patches are crowded with a variety of pumpkins ready to be carved into jack o’lanterns. I love the smell of the freshly dipped caramel apples that are decorated so beautifully here in the produce department at Nino’s.
It sounds like a great idea to build a bonfire in the crisp fall air while pouring yourself a mug of sizzling-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 and sparkly apple taste. Then I moved on to Ye Olde English cider, which is slightly stronger and drier. After that, it was my hometown football team’s (Leeds United!) 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, however.
Here are some of my favorites.
Tandem Smackintosh Cider
From the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan. Just like its name, this cider 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.
Magners Original Pear Cider
All the way from Ireland and pressed with 100% premium pears, this cider is deliciously fresh, fruity, and full of flavor.
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.