I have been a fan of Hard Cider since I began drinking during college; unfortunately for lovers of this fine alcoholic beverage, bars don't generally carry a good variety of ciders. This means that we are left to fend for ourselves by scouring the grocery store to find a good six-pack.
Apples for eating and apples for cider can be as different as table grapes and wine grapes. The better ciders require higher proportions of tannins and bittersweet flavors. Taking a bite of a cider apple can be a harsh, face-scrunching shock with little resemblance to the sweet, crisp flavors of any variety that would taste good in a pie.
The first ‘good’ cider I ever tried was Strongbow. It came as a recommendation from a friend who spent time in London. Now, the problem I had in Cincinnati, was finding Strongbow. In 1999 there was only one place in my city where I knew to find brews outside of the ‘Big 3’ and that was across the river in Newport, KY at the Party Source – they carried Strongbow in the tall cans, and came in a 4-pack.
Since then I have tried many other Cider brands, some I have liked others I would not drink again with a gun to my head, but I always had Strongbow for a good taste and reliable quality.
Strongbow: the number one global cider brand is making a big change with the launch of Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider and Strongbow Honey & Apple Hard Cider; I had the opportunity to give both new flavors a try.
This was my first experience with cider from a bottle, in the past my cider drinking came from a can or from the draft when fortunate enough to be at a bar offering such a thing. The Honey & Apple was first, and announced itself with a hearty sweet flavor. There was no after-taste to speak of, and the flavor was good, but for me a bit too sweet to be able to drink more than one. My wife who always accompanies me while trying new libations has an affinity for sweeter drinks, and was a big fan of the Honey & Apple.
The Gold Apple was next on the menu, and this one was exactly what I was hoping it would be; faintly sweet, and just the right amount of tart, with a fetching apple scent. This flavor is perfect for mixing, and experimenting with; below are three recipes you should try to take your Strongbow to that next level.
We liked both of the new offerings from Strongbow, the Honey & Apple and Gold Apple are different enough that there feels like a genuine choice when deciding which flavor you want to drink.
Both Strongbow Gold Apple and Strongbow Honey & Apple are gluten free, 5% ABV, and contain 172 and 195 calories per 11.2 oz. bottle, respectively.
- 3 oz Strongbow Cider
- 1 oz Spiced rum
- 1 oz Cinnamon schnapps
- Lemon-Lime soda
In a highball glass add cider, spiced rim and cinnamon schnapps. Fill with lemon-lime soda.
- ½ pint Strongbow Cider
- ½ Pinr Lager Beer
Combie in pint glass, and enjoy.
- 1/2 pint Strongbow cider
- 1/2 pint Stella Artois lager
- 1 shot Vodka
- 1 shot Scotch
Pour a basic snake bite of half cider and lager in a pint glass. Then add to the top a shot of whiskey and vodka. Stir and then drink!