Perfect cider weather one might say.
While cider can certainly be enjoyed year-round there is something about warm weather and cold cider that just goes so well together. Perhaps it’s also because it matches so well with summer cuisine. Cider making has a lot in common with wine making, for both creating a great tasting drink is all about achieving balance between the fruit character, sweetness, acidity, tannin, and alcohol. It follows then that, as a general rule of thumb, if a food matches well with white wine it should pair well with cider, so think seafood, mildly spiced Asian or Indian and creamy cheeses. A perfect match for that crisp summer salad as well.
So, with that here are just a few picks to try this weekend, ideally enjoyed chilled from the fridge, around 7°C, avoiding ice which dilutes the flavours of these great ciders and served in a stemmed glass.
Cooney’s is the newest cider to hit our shelves from a family with a long history of cider making in Ireland. This light, crisp and fruity cider displays classic bittersweet cider apple notes alongside light tropical elements.
Made from apples hand harvested on family owned orchards in the Boyne valley, and fermented with wild yeast Dan Kelly’s is a robust medium-dry cider with superb depth of flavour.
For a dryer style of cider try out Stonewell Dry which leans towards the bittersweet varieties of Dabinett and Michelin. It is crisp and fresh with delicate fruit flavours drawn out through the use of naturally cultured champagne yeast.
For those with a slightly sweeter tooth Scotts Summer is a medium bodied sweet tasting cider, with a scent of pear drops and floral aromas. However, this is a limited release and just around for the summer months so be sure to try it out before its gone.
Finally rounding up with a cider from orchards situated on the gentle slope of the Blackwater valley comes Longueville House cider. This is crisp yet lively medium dry cider with the dryness coming through from the Dabinetts & the slight sweetness from acidity of Bramley / Katy & James grieve. It’s also currently on offer at 3 for €10.
I hope you enjoy these great Irish ciders in the sunshine, between the inevitable showers!