InCider Info – Pineapple Haze by Original Sin Cider

Gotta love climate change: New York City has experienced two tropical storms within the past 4 weeks – with Tropical Storm Fay hitting on July 10th! – and I’m sitting here watching Tropical Storm Isaias whip up the trees along my block with its strong gusts.

Hey, if the world is burning – or, in this case, the flames are being fanned – might as well enjoy a good hard cider today!

Original Sin Cider always makes me think of when I first move to NYC, because it was one of the few cider brands that many bars would serve. It was either that or Magner’s. I was never a fan of Magner’s, but if a bar had it, I drank it. Original Sin was slightly better in my opinion, but it still wasn’t one of my faves. However, as I’ve gotten older and their line of ciders has expanded, I’ve been more than pleased with their fruitier and their more experimental options. I’m a big fan of their McIntosh and their Fuji Unfiltered!

Pineapple Haze by Original Sin Cider

Pineapple Haze hits a good note for me with its dryness. Some pineapple ciders are too sweet, and the sweetness combined with the acidity of the pineapple juice doesn’t always hit me the right way. Original Sin counters the sugar nicely here by using a tart pineapple juice and champagne yeast, letting the acidity shine. I didn’t come to drink a liquified pineapple Jolly Rancher, ya know? (Some pineapple ciders give me that experience. Hard pass on them.)

I’m excited to start trying more Original Sin variates now – I’ve actually got a can of Black Widow waiting in my fridge! – and I may have to give their original flavor a go again, for ol’ times sake.

Pineapple Haze by Original Sin Cider

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Single-Serve Blueberry Crisps

Yet another recipe I’ve recently posted to Yoga By Candace, and I’m absolutely in love with this one!

The blueberries are absolutely bursting with flavor, the crispness and texture of the spiced oat topping adding the complementary CRISP.

I’ve gravitated more towards single-serve or smaller desserts over the years – y’all can talk smack about a mug cake all you want, I am HERE for them! – and owning a set of ramekins can help in developing – and then devouring – these recipes.

Note: I’ve made this recipe three times in the past week. I just can’t STOP! Has the fact that it’s been in the 90s for weeks with tropical humidity within this urban jungle called New York stopped me from having my oven on at 350°F?

Clearly not. Didn’t you read? I’ve made this recipe three times in the past week. 😆

Head over to Yoga by Candace for the full recipe, as well as an array of yoga, health, and lifestyle features! Or, more importantly, get your dose of Buck Buck. 🐕

Single-Serve Blueberry Crisps
Single-Serve Blueberry Crisps

InCider Info – Fruition: Lavender by Citizen Cider

…I have been looking for a lavender cider for AGES.

And by “ages”, I mean since last summer. Ha!

In all seriousness, I got on this odd kick for lavender cider last year. I can’t quite remember what spurred it, but I do remember being up way too late one night scouring Google for anything relative to the NYC area. Nothing came to fruition…heheh…until I found Fruition without even trying!

(I know, I know, I drive my followers away en masse with dumb word play, surely. Haaaa.)

Truth be told, I was at my local beer bar two days ago, hoping that they’d have cans of Citizen Cider’s Tulsi – which I’m wicked eager to try! – since Broadway Dive almost always has something from Citizen either on tap or in cans / bottles for sale, but I spied a few cans of Fruition : Lavender in their cider fridge, and felt like that was my destiny.

Fruition : Lavender by Citizen Cider

This cider was a wonderfully quenching pucker to it, almost a little Champagne-y, and it is not overloaded with lavender. You smell it when you bring the can to your mouth to take a sip, then it slightly dissipates until you taste the slight herbaceousness of it as you swallow. In my opinion, that’s PERFECT. Lavender can be overwhelming, and this cider hit the perfect balance of having it be present without knocking you on your ass. 😂

I’m not sure that I’ve ever had a cider I’ve disliked from Citizen, and the winning streak has clearly continued! They utilized the lavender – Vermont-grown, by the way – wonderfully. Can’t wait until I can go up to their tasting room in Burlington, Vermont again – I highly recommend a visit if you’re in that area, with social distancing rules in effect as I type this, most likely!

Fruition : Lavender by Citizen Cider – and yes, my prop board was slightly tilted. How can you tell? 😂

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