A drink for all occasions
I host a lot of gatherings at my apartment. Whether it’s dinner, trivia night, or game day, you can be sure that all of my friends will be packed into my loft. I’ve found myself to be a good host and have also found pleasure in serving quality food and drink to my guests.
However, finding a drink that can be served in a variety of different contexts can be tough. Different occasions can call for different types of libations, but there are a few alcoholic drinks that are appropriate for any kind of gathering.
Of these few options, there is only one beverage that I find myself coming back to again and again: cider. Something about the refreshing taste of a crisp, sweet apple leaves an irresistible taste in my mouth that I crave. If you don’t believe me, you can ask my guests! They’ll be sure to agree with you.
Getting it right
While most ciders are great, there are a few that stand above the rest. However, before I tell you some of my personal favorites, I think that it is important that you know how this apple beer is made. The processes that go on during the production of cider have a very significant effect on the taste and finish of the fermented apple drink.
Production: a crash course
Perhaps the most important step is the collection of apples. Much like hops or wine, getting quality fruit to make this alcoholic beverage is paramount. The best place to find apples is in an orchard. Apple trees typically grow best in slightly colder climates with very fertile soil. Some states that are known for good apples are Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
The second step is also important because one has to get the most juice possible without getting too many impurities. Oftentimes, this involves straining the juice several times in order to gain the purest juice possible.
What happens is that the apples are scratted, which means that they are ground down into a small pulp. This pulp kind of substance is called pomace.
This step is where the magic happens. The best temperature for fermentation happens between 4 and 16 degrees Celsius, or 40 and 60 Fahrenheit. This may seem like a low temperature, but the slow fermentation allows for a better development of flavor from the apples with minimal loss of aromas
Picking your hard cider
Now that you know a little bit about the fermented apple drink making process, you can know how different approaches will alter the taste and feel of the beverage greatly. One company that has a great process that leads to an even better product is Blake’s hard cider. This hard apple drink is particularly good because of the apples that they choose. The selection of fruit for this drink makes for a particularly robust flavor that many people enjoy time and time again. So, I know that I can always turn to Blake’s for a solid hard cider choice.