Angry Orchard, the number one selling U.S. hard cider brand, has added a new addition to their line! Introducing Elderflower. “For centuries, elderflower has been used as an ingredient because of its delicate floral notes. It also has a great fruity flavor reminiscent of tropical fruits like lychee, pear and citrus, which makes it a great match for the rich, fruity flavors found in the culinary and bittersweet apples we use in our cider,” said David Sipes, Cider Maker for Angry Orchard. “This combination of flavors produces a complex yet balanced, slightly sparkling cider we think is unlike anything our drinkers have experienced.”
Angry Orchard has paired up with mixologist and beer sommelier Hayley Jensen of New York City’s Taproom No. 307 to come up with concoctions pairing the new cider with foods and even within cocktails and she is enthusiastic about the new product as well. “Elderflower burst onto the cocktail scene recently and the flavor became a runaway hit – it’s refreshing and light, with a touch of sweetness that pairs perfectly with more dominant flavors. Today, I see a trend of more drinkers asking for cider. So, a cider with a delicate elderflower taste is truly an innovative combination and also a great mixology ingredient, pairing well with light spirits like gin, vodka, white tequila and also jenever, an up-and-coming liquor in the U.S.,” says Jensen. “I think cocktail, wine and craft beer lovers will all enjoy this new cider,” she concludes. She has even shared a recipe, included below.
1/2 oz absinthe
1/2 oz lime juice
4 oz elderflower cider
Sprig of fresh thyme
2 lime slices
Mixology: Pour ingredients over ice. Stir.
Note: This cocktail also works well with the dry, but Hayley would suggest adding 1/2 oz elderflower liquor in that case.
For more info about Angry Orchard, check out their website www.angryorchard.com.