Over the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the number and varieties of drinks that have been transformed from kids’ drinks (juices and sodas, for example) into more mature (and alcoholic) beverages. Because sometimes what sounds the best isn’t beer or wine, Easy Monkey also offers hard cider from Seattle Cider Company.
What Makes Seattle Cider Unique?
As many people know, a wide variety of apples are grown in Washington state, and they’re shipped across the country and even around the world. Our apples are some of the best in the world! Even if you like apples, you may find some hard ciders too sweet, but that’s not the case with Seattle Cider Company’s ciders; they bring out and emphasize the natural taste of apples, so the ciders aren’t overly sweet.
Seattle Cider Company Varieties
Currently on tap, we have their Semi-Sweet and Dry ciders, both at 6.5 percent ABV; however, Seattle Cider Company also makes a Tangerine Turmeric and a Basil Mint Hard Cider, and both of those come in at 6.9 percent ABV, and are produced year-round; they also offer some seasonal and limited edition varieties, including but not limited to the following:
- Pumpkin Spice is semi-sweet with autumn season spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon with just a touch of pumpkin; this variety is available August through November.
- The addition of toasted oak chips make this maple syrup-sweetened Oaked Maple cider perfect for those cold winter evenings.
- Gin Botanical is available from February through May; this aromatic and refreshing semi-dry cider features aromas and flavors of cucumber, verbena, orange rind, lemon, and juniper. It would pair well with fruit or anything herbed.
- Speaking of pairings, if you’re a fan of goat cheese, nuts, and charcuterie boards, Berry Rosé is the ticket. Available June through August, this cider starts out a little tart and finishes a little sweet.
- Jalapeno, poblano, and habanero peppers give the Three Pepper cider a unique spice with a slightly sweet finish.
- If you’re looking for a cider that will go well with Thanksgiving dinner, pick up some Cranberry cider; it’s dry, a little tart, and is made with local organic cranberries.
- As its name suggests, the Olympic Honey cider is made with honey; what you may not realize is that the honey is produced in the apiary on the top of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.
What’s in Seattle Ciders?
You won’t find any high fructose corn syrup in these delicious hard ciders – there’s a short list of ingredients – just a variety of Washington-grown apples, pure cane sugar (and sometimes maple syrup), white wine yeast, and (depending on the variety of cider) some spices.
More About Seattle Cider Company
You can find out a lot about this company on their website (https://www.seattlecidercompany.com/), including the myriad varieties of ciders they make, the kinds of apples (and pears!) they use, the steps they take in order to make their wonderfully delicious products, and you’ll be able to see a picture of the whole Seattle Cider team! Want to know why they do what they do? On the website, you’ll find a list of some tasty sounding recipes, news links, and job postings. Plus, learn more about their driving forces – their mission, vision, and values – and how they dedicate themselves to supporting their local businesses and community, just like we do at Easy Monkey!