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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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