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Samantha Torrance
July 31, 2015 | Samantha Torrance

Ciders: The new trendy cocktail mix?

It’s summer and everyone is enjoying the weather by sitting on patios and indulging with their preferred drink of choice. One of my favorite patio drinks is cider, it comes in a multitude of flavours which means there’s a cider for everyone. Not all ciders are made with apples either, so if you want to try something a little different there are many options to choose from! A new trend popping up is to use cider in mixed drinks. Below are my twists on how you can enjoy cider.

Somserby Cider – Apple, Pear, Blackberry/$14.99 per 4pk – Variety Pack/$26.99

If you like your drinks sweet then Somersby is for you. With four different flavours you can mix and match all you want. The Apple, Blackberry, and Citrus flavours are all fermented apple juice with the Pear being fermented pear juice. All of their ciders are delightfully sweet and refreshing. The Variety Pack includes 2 cans of each flavour. Somersby is best served over ice, but try Somersby with a shot of your favourite liquor or liqueur today! I recommend trying Somersby Sangria for a refreshing summer drink. If you are more of a white sangria person subsitute with the Citrus Cider and a bottle of your favorite Pinot Grigio.

Somersby Sangria

  • 2 Cans Blackberry Cider
  • 1 Bottle of your favorite Merlot
  • Your choice of mixed fruit.
  • Mix together and chill

Rekorderlig Cider – Elderflower, Strawberry Lime, Wild Berry/$3.99 per Can

This Swedish Pear Cider comes in three pleasant flavours, Elderflower, Strawberry Lime, and Wild Berry. All three flavours are crisp, sweet, and very pleasant over ice. The Elderflower cider has a touch of floral notes combined with the perfect amount of sweetness. The Strawberry Lime is the Strawberry Daiquiri of ciders, not overpowering, but just enough to take you to your happy place. Last, but not least is the Wild Berry cider, this cider is comparable to the Somersby Blackberry, but less sweet and has flavours of blueberry and raspberry to name a few. I love these ciders on their own, but they also make some surprisingly good cocktails. Try one of these pitcher recipes today.

Dance All Night Pitcher

  • 5.5 oz. Spiced Rum
  • 6 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • 4 oz. Lime Juice
  • 2 Cans Rekorderlig Wild Berry Cider
  • 3.5 – 7 oz. Ginger Beer
  • Mix into a pitcher and top with Ginger Beer.

Fruity Elixir Punch Pitcher

  • 1 Lemon, Lime,  and Orange, sliced
  • 5 Strawberries, sliced
  • 2 oz. White Rum
  • 1.5 oz. Lime Juice
  • 2 Cans Rekorderlig Strawberry Lime Cider
  • Layer the ice and fruit and mix in a Pitcher.

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider – 6pk/$15.99 – Growler Fill/$8.99 per Liter

Angry Orchard is your classic apple cider that is medium sweet and very refreshing. Made with apples from all over the world including France, Italy, and the United States, Angry Orchard finds the best apples to make its cider with. This is my favorite cider that we sell, I prefer to drink it alone, but you can always add ice to cool it off more or cut down on the sweetness. If you don’t want to commit to buying a six pack we currently carry the Angry Orchard on our Growler Bar.  You can purchase one or two liter growler bottles at our Sherwood Park location. If you want to mix things up try an Angry Orchard cocktail today.

Angry Screwdriver

  • 1.5 oz. of Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 Bottle Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • Mix and enjoy.

Passionately Angry Cider

  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 0.5 oz. Crème de Banana
  • 1 Bottle Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
  • Splash of Cranberry Juice (optional)
  • Mix and enjoy.

Pommies Farmhouse Cider – 473ml Can/$4.49

Pommies Cider is a DRY cider that is crisp and refreshing made with 100% Ontario. Pommies is also certified Gluten free for ease of mind. When I tried the Farmhouse cider I ended up creating my own cocktail or you can try these other official Pommies recipes or create your own. If you do create your own great cocktail share it in the comments and let us know how you enjoyed it!

Lemon Apple Cider

  • 1 Can Pommies Farmhouse Cider
  • 1 oz. Limoncello
  • 1-2 dashes Aromatic Bitters
  • Mix and enjoy.

Pommies Grapefruit Radler

  • 1 Can Pommies Farmhouse Cider
  • 1 Can Grapefruit Radler
  • Mix and enjoy
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