Cider Cocktail Kit
Cider Cocktail Kit
Our Cider box 'A Cider a Day' was designed using...Our favorite local craft dry apple ciders! We highly recommend exploring your locale for some of the incredible craft dry apple cider offerings for the best results. Each recipe includes ingredients to make 4 cocktails. About Recipes
About Crafty Cocktail’s Cider Cocktail Kit
As with grain, apples are intertwined with a lot of human history and culture, both temporally and geographically. And, as with grain, apples were inevitably (as is our habit) used by the many different groups who were familiar with this ubiquitous fruit, to manufacture alcohol. The pervasiveness of the apple has clouded the specific details of when and where apples were first turned into spirits, but archaeological evidence suggests that cider has been distilled since 1300 BCE.
Although the specifics are not fully understood, it seems there were two regions that were major contributors to the proliferation of ciders throughout the Old World: the Near East and the Western Mediterranean basin/Britain. The cider we are most familiar with today falls within the style that came out of the Western Mediterranean, particularly the style that was brewed in Britain during the 1st century CE. In the decades and centuries that followed the conquering of Britain by the Romans, the local style of brewing cider, which beforehand was found almost exclusively in the British Isles, increased in popularity throughout Europe and eventually came to North America many years later.
This style of cider, known as heritage, or traditional style, is made predominantly from ‘spitter’ apples; apples that are too bitter to eat straight from the tree, like a crab apple. Although unappetizing in their raw form, when distilled, they produce a drink that is dry, bittersweet, and full of tannins. As cider gained popularity in North America, more and more producers turned to apples with more sugars, such as Galas, resulting in ‘modern’ cider, which is much sweeter and fruit-forward.
While the preference of style is completely dependent on the drinker, the drier, more nuanced heritage style lends itself much better to creating cocktails than the sweeter modern style. This is because the drier profile better contrasts many of the other ingredients used in making cocktails, particularly sweeter components such as syrups. The flavors within the syrups are more noticeable when complemented by the dry cider, rather than being lost in the sea of sweet elements of modern cider. This contrast was the basis for the flavors found within this month’s Crafty Cocktails box, A Cider A Day.
The Crooked Stone Cider pairs warming root beer spice and tart plums against dry cider, with a touch of sweet honey and a creamy egg foam, resulting in a drink that is both warming and refreshing.
The Alpine Meadow Cider will fill your palette with a ton of lovely floral flavors, while sour lemon and spicy ginger add a kick that keeps you wanting more.
The Crimson Needles Cider has all the flavors to perfectly complement any cold-weather feast, as the seasonal flavors of rosemary and cranberry are balanced by dry apples, honey, and citrus.
As mentioned, this month’s box was created using Traditional-style Dry Apple Cider. While no specific brand has been recommended this month, as the regional availability of local ciders across Canada varies greatly, there are some basic elements you should be looking for when selecting the right cider for your box. Find a cider that mentions ‘traditional’ or ‘dry’ in their name, contains only apple flavor (no other fruit combinations), and leans more towards a bittersweet profile with the full-bodied taste of fresh apples, a touch of warming spice, and a noticeably dry finish. A list of suggested small-batch producers from across Canada and a link to a compendium of many more wonderful local cider producers can be found on our website in the featured box page for the “A Cider A Day”.