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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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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InCider Info – Blood Orange Cider by Austin Eastciders

I’ll go on the record to say that Austin Eastciders is one of my favorite cideries in the country. Always happy, always pleased, and always eager for the autumn when they release their Spiced Cider. (Oh yeah, you WILL be seeing me post about that a few months down the road!)

The folks at Austin Eastciders have a great line-up, flavors to please the dry cider lovers and the fruity cider lovers. Me? I’ll take any of ’em, and the Blood Orange cider is excellent. Whether it’s a cold winter Sunday brunch at a bar eating nachos while a football game is on*, of if it’s a stifling hot summer’s day and you’re winding down after a long work day, Blood Orange satisfies. While some flavors are seasonal – I’m not sure I’d be as tempted to drink their (or any) watermelon-flavored cider during the winter – citrus is a flavor that transcends seasons.

Blood Orange Cider by Austin Eastciders

For me, the hit of citrus doesn’t come when it first hits the lips, but once it hits the back of my mouth. It’s pleasant, not too tart but it has that little bit of sour to complement the sweet. Zesty would be a great descriptor!

You really can’t go wrong keeping a good Blood Orange Ciders on hand!

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*- If you know me well enough, you know I’m ignoring the football game and focusing on the cider and nachos. HA!