Although it’s best served cold, hard cider is red hot. The segment is still a small part of the bottled spirits that Americans love to swill, but the top five ciders grew at an astonishing 23% last year. Can you name anything else that grew 23% last year besides Kenny Britt’s rap sheet?
More bars are beginning to add cider on tap to their assortment of draft beers Don’t be afraid to ask for a Snakebite from your favorite barkeep next time you belly up. The drink is quite popular in England with a half and half mix of lager and hard cider. Or if you really want something challenging, try a cider cocktail like a Devin Gin which is 3 oz. of cider mixed with a shot of gin and a floater of Triple Sec. I’ve also heard that adding a shot of Fireball on top of your pint of cider makes you more attractive to the ladies and the ladies more attractive to you after you’ve had 5-6 of them.
A particular hard cider you should seek out is Wandering Aengus, named after a character is a W.B Yeats poem. This excellent Oregon cider is made from a blend of some of your favorite apple varieties including Honey Crisp, Gala, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. Not only is it delicious, but when you tell a cute girl at the bar that your drink is named after that Yeats poem about the endless search for love, maybe she’ll want a Dickens Cider.