Angry Orchard Hard Cider’s Apple Ginger
Sounds fruity, right? Well, that’s what we were thinking. And while, technically, we were right, we were pretty darn wrong on our predictions: This cider is legit.
First off, it’s a deeper gold than its brother, and it’s more bubbly too.
On the nose, the apple juice scent more raw, and, honestly, has a hint of ginger. No kidding.
On the palate, spritzy and not as sweet as its buddy, with the spice we hoped the ginger would impart, but not overwhelming in any of its aspects. Basically, we couldn’t pass this to someone without them knowing it had some alcohol in it — it has that lovely hard cider bite.
And to be honest, we struggled putting poetry to our prose, because this beverage comes across as advertised: apple ginger hard cider. We were worried at first glance, because we expected the gang at Angry Orchard to throw in a bit of cinnamon, but they didn’t. And for that we are thankful.
The culmination of their work is a damn good weekend (or weekday) afternoon drink, and we’d pair it with something that has a little spice and some red meat, it being the afternoon after all. So light the grill and throw on some stuffed sausages — the kind with apples or some other deliciousness packed in. And if the spice still isn’t enough (for us, it never is), horseradish-infused mustard. That stuff is delicious.
At 5 percent ABV, it keeps us going. And now — now that the sun is setting and it’s finally starting to cool down — pour that pint of rye on ice.
At $8.99 a 6-pack, we say invite a few friends.
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