The Best Ciders to Drink This Summer

The Best Ciders to Drink This Summer

As the sun stretches its golden fingers and summer beckons, there's no better time to savour the refreshing embrace of a well-chilled cider. At Norman Goodfellows, we don't just raise a glass; we raise the bar, curating the finest range of ciders to accompany you on your summer escapades.

In this blog, we unpack the range of flavours that await you when it comes to ciders. With a commitment to quality, we invite you to join us in exploring the best ciders to elevate your summer soirees and leisurely afternoons.

What Is A Cider?

Cider, also known as hard cider, is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from the juice of apples. It's similar in concept to wine but is produced using apples instead of grapes. The process of making cider involves fermenting the natural sugars present in the apple juice with the help of yeast, which converts the sugars into alcohol and carbon dioxide. This fermentation process results in a flavourful and slightly effervescent beverage.

Different Types of Ciders

From sweet to dry, apple to craft, each type of cider carries a distinct character that defines its allure. Here is an explanation of the different types of ciders that are made around the world:

#1: Dry Ciders

Dry ciders have minimal sweetness, as most of the apple sugars have been converted into alcohol during fermentation. It often has a crisp and refreshing taste, similar to a dry white wine.

#2: Sweet Ciders

A sweet cider retains more of the natural apple sugars, resulting in a sweeter taste. It might have a fruity and slightly tangy flavour, akin to fresh apples.

#3: Flavoured Ciders

Flavoured ciders have additional ingredients beyond apples, such as berries, spices, or other fruits, which contribute unique flavours and aromas to the beverage.

#4: Spiced Ciders

A spiced cider is infused with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves, creating a warm and aromatic taste reminiscent of apple pie.

#5: Fruit Ciders

These ciders are made by adding other fruits (besides apples) to the mix, like berries, peaches, or pears, enhancing the overall flavour complexity.

The Best Ciders to Drink This Summer

We’ve curated a list of the most popular cider brands available in South Africa, and what seems to hit the spot with many of our customers. From South African brews like Savanna to Italian Bernini Blush, there’ll be something for everyone on this summer-drinking list:

Where to Buy the Best Ciders

In your quest for the ultimate summer sip, start at Norman Goodfellows. Our commitment to quality extends beyond words to a curated collection of ciders, easily ordered online, and delivered to your doorstep.

As you embark on a summer of cider appreciation, remember that every sip is a testament to the artistry of brewers who pour their hearts into every batch. Cheers to quality, to exceptional taste, and to the memories waiting to be made. Visit us online or in-store and embrace the summer of cider in South Africa.