When exactly does one choose to drink hard cider over beer? It’s a good question that many cider-neophytes ask when first presented with a friend ordering one. Hard cider is an ideal option for anyone looking for something lighter and sweeter (and often a more refreshing taste) than a beer, along with some of the complexity and flavor beer lovers have come to expect. This week, two new Strongbow flavors were unveiled, offering even more variety for veterans and newbies alike.
Consumers are more flavor-conscious then ever, yet there has been little to offer those who want an option between beer and wine that retains the crispness of the former and complexity of the latter. Two new flavors, Gold Apple and Honey & Apple, increase your options. Smooth, crisp, and with a kick, these are ciders that stand up to a beer lover’s need for a bright refreshment and a wine lover’s need for complexity and finish.
Gold Apple hard cider balances the sweet and tart notes of Golden Delicious apples with a smooth, crisp flavor. Honey & Apple, slightly sweeter, has taste notes of Red Delicious with subtle hints of honey.
For our friends new to hard cider, a few rules of thumb—the colder it is, the less vivid the flavors will be. If what you’re after is a more subdued, ice-cold version, pour a Strongbow into a half-pint glass with some ice. If you want to experience the complete flavor complexity, serving a hard cider at red-wine temperatures (roughly 55-degrees) will give you the full profile.