Here Are The Best Hard Ciders To Try This Fall
Hard ciders are a sweet option at the bar all year round, but they’re especially enjoyable when the weather starts to get a little brisk and all you want to do is pick up a fresh pack of apple cider donuts and snuggle up on the couch. The only thing that would make that scenario even better would be a glass of hard cider. The boozy beverage is pretty sweet, so you only need one or two to achieve the perfect buzz. And while you’re used to seeing Stella and Angry Orchard at virtually every bar, these are the best hard ciders to sip on this fall.
The original Downeast Cider blend is made with freshly pressed Maine apples and has an ABV of 5.1 percent. It’s like New England autumn in a can. You can find Downeast Cider at Whole Foods or most stores that sell hard cider.
The Swedish-made Rekorderlig pear cider is aromatic and slightly sweet, and has an ABV of 4.5 percent. Serve it over ice or chill it really well. You can find this one at Whole Foods.
No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider from Wölffer Estate Vineyard is sourced from New York apples with subtle citrus flavors. It has an ABV of 6.9 percent and can be purchased pretty much everywhere.
This cider blend is made with only organic apples and naturally occurring wild yeast. It has a fresh and juicy apple aroma with a crisp and clean finish. It has an ABV of 6 percent and is available at Whole Foods.
With an ABV of 5 percent, this pineapple cider has a sweet taste with a tart finish and smells like apples and pineapples. ACE Pineapple Cider is perfect for any tropical beer cocktails you’re shaking up. Find Ace at Whole Foods or most stores that sell craft cider.
These semi-dry cans of Shacksbury cider are robust and fruity, and they have an ABV of 6.5 percent. The cider includes apple varieties like McIntosh, Michelin and Somerset Redstreak. Find your own cans here.
With an aroma of crisp green apple and citrus notes, the original Crispin flavor is clear with a straw-like color and has an ABV of 5 percent. You’ll taste notes of apple and lemongrass. You can find Crispin at most stores that sell cider.
Slice of Life by B. Nektar has an ABV of 5.5 percent. It pours on the clear side with a pale straw color and has notes of apple cider, ginger and lemon juice. The aroma is bold with hints of ginger and fruity, ripe red apple sweetness. If you like your cider tart and gingery, Slice of Life is a good fit. You can find B. Nektar ciders at Whole Foods.
True Believer, which is from the Standard Cider Company, is an off-dry cider with an ABV of 7 percent. It’s made from several types of apples grown in New York. Find True Believer here.
This tart cider is made with 100 percent Granny Smith apples. It’s pale with a sharp, crisp taste that has a dry and tangy finish, and it has an ABV of 5 percent. You can find Woodchuck cider at select Whole Foods.