This Month's Box A Cider a Day
This month’s box, A Cider a Day, was created using Traditional Dry Apple Cider, a beverage which has a storied place within the history of fermented drinks. There are countless ciders on the market right now, in countless flavors, but we encourage you, for the purposes of this box, to use a craft or small batch cider (preferably from a producer within your area) made in the traditional English-style. Ciders in this style tend to be bittersweet with the full-bodied taste of fresh apples, a touch of warming spices and a noticeably dry finish. Most good craft cideries will bottle a traditional dry apple cider in their product line, so see what your favor cider brand has to offer. Some of the brands we can suggest are:
- Merridale Cidery (BC): Traditional Craft Cider
- Left Field (BC): Big Dry
- Nomad (BC): Traditional Dry
- Uncommon Cider Co. (AB): Dry Craft Cider
- Big Rock (AB): Rock Creek Dry Cider
- Crossmount Cider Co. (SK): Flatlander Crisp
- Brickworks (ON): Batch:1904 Dry Cider
- KW Craft Ciders (ON): Sparkling Dry
- West Avenue (ON): Heritage Dry
- Cidre Mckeown (QB): Bone Dry
- Union Libre (QB) Cocktail au Cidre
- Le Somnambule (QB): Le Léger
These are just a few brands which will best work with the flavors found within this box, but is by no means an exhaustive list. To easily find many more quality craft cideries in your area, browse the Canadian Cider map at ciderguide.com.Get a Box
All across Canada, the stills of countess cideries are working at full capacity, turning the bushels and bushels of apples from this autumn’s harvest into delightfully crisp, bright and fresh apple cider. This is nothing new however, as cider is among some of the oldest fermented beverages in human history, its first use being documented in Europe and the Near East, where apple harvesting has long been practiced. While the prevalence of craft ciders has exploded in recent years, with a whole host of wonderful cideries producing delicious products in all sorts of flavours, it is important to remember where it all started, with the simple, yet wonderfully nuanced flavour of a quality apple cider. That is the inspiration behind this month’s box "A Cider a Day", which incorporates many of the ingredients commonly associated with flavoured ciders, but presents them in fun, easy to make craft cocktail recipes, all anchored by the unique taste of traditional dry apple cider.
The Crooked Stone Cider enhances the dry notes of apple cider with the addition of tart plum, sweet honey, sour lemon and herbal Rootbeer/plum bitters. A creamy egg white head adds a layer of rich decadence that greatly compliments the overall profile of this drink.
The Alpine Meadow Cider brings out the lighter, more floral flavours of apple cider with fragrant and floral hit of KVAS wildflower/ginger syrup and orange blossom/rose water, while the zing of fresh ginger a lemon provide a spicy and lasting finish.
The Crimson Needles Cider plays with the tart and sweet side of apple cider, with flavours synonymous with winter, such as cranberry, rosemary and honey. Warm in its colour and its flavour profile, this cocktail will keep you cozy on any cold winter night.
Our “A Cider A Day” box brings out many different qualities found within a good traditional dry apple cider and hopefully will help drinkers appreciate the complexities of flavour which are concealed within this seemingly simple, yet wonderfully intricate brew.
Crimson Needles Cider
The house is warm, the lights of the candles flicker gold off the carefully set silverware and the smell of a succulent roast cooking in the oven wafts through the dinning room. You’re ready to sit down to a warm and inviting winter dinner when you realize you don’t have a drink to enjoy your meal with. Have no fear, this cider cocktail incorporates all the flavours to perfectly compliment your next cold weather feast. The classic pairing of cranberry, rosemary and lemon come together to bring out the warming qualities of apple cider, such as cinnamon and caramel, which are further enhanced by sweet golden honey. This drink has a deep, warming profile, yet the apple cider keeps it light and refreshing, making it the perfect compliment to any November dinner table.
alpine meadow cider
While the canvas of mountain flowers that covered the meadows of the alpine this summer now lay dormant beneath the high altitude snow, their essence lives on in this drink. Playing on the floral elements of dry apple cider, this cocktail’s big botanical flavour comes from KVAS Wildflower Ginger syrup, while a fragrant and flowery nose greets you as you take the first sip, provided by a light spritz of orange blossom/rose water. Zesty notes of muddled ginger and fresh lemon juice amplify the floral profile of this thirst quenching cocktail, reminding us all that the majestic mountain wildflowers are not gone, they just are lying in wait for next summer, just underneath a blanket of fresh snow.
crooked stone cider
As chilly winds sweep over steely grey landscapes and the winter season takes hold, we can take solace in the fact that tasty cocktails will keep us warm, especially when they incorporate the range of flavours this deliciously rich cider cocktail does. A spicy root beer and plum bitters from Bittered Sling mingles with tart muddled plums, sweet local honey from MOB Honey, sour lemon, and frothy egg white foam, all enhancing the dry qualities of the apple cider. This complex combination makes for a cocktail that is easy to drink but difficult to forget. Forget the cold; instead, prepare your palette for the warming flavour profiles of winter with a refreshingly dry apple cider twist.
Trust your Bartender
Everybody has their favorite spirit, but also have spirits they’re not so crazy about. These opinions are built over a lifetime of experiences; that bartender who made you the most amazing vodka cocktail you’ve ever tried, that one time you drank too much tequila… there are endless factors that may contribute to our own personal opinions towards particular types of alcohol. While these biases are completely understandable, a Crafty Cocktails box subscription is all about education in the world of cocktail creation, and it is very hard to learn new things if you don’t step outside your comfort zone. We strongly encourage you to make your cocktails with the recommended spirit for the month, even if you think you don’t like it. If a recipe is well balanced and acutely aware of the flavor profile of its given base spirit, the result can surprise even the most discerning of palettes. Conversely, an attempt to substitute the recommended alcohol for another simply because of personal preference can result in disaster, as flavor profiles tend to clash rather than compliment each other. The recipes in a Crafty’s curated box are just that, curated to suit a particular base spirit. Trust our bartenders, they know what they’re talking about; let them show how something you thought you disliked, can become something you absolutely love. If you truly can't get down with the featured box of the month, we understand! You can choose one of our past boxes to start a subscription, just send us an email and request the one you want to start with. Cheers!