Forget the processed, characterless cider that proliferates supermarket shelves, and try some of the real thing. When made well, cider is a joyous thing, bursting with clean, vibrant apple flavours and guaranteed to refresh.
The second batch of English Willy's Cider Apple Sours. Made by Chase, this is made using fresh bramley apples, Willy's medium dry cider, cider brandy and Naked Chase Apple vodka, this is tart and tangy.
Dupont's Cidre Reserve is made from 80% bittersweet apples and 20% acid apples. It is then aged in 400-litre oak casks for six months which used to hold their Calvados. Elegant, yet powerful and complex, this will make an excellent accompaniment for white meat or apple-based desserts.
Dupont's Cidre Cuvée Colette is a sparkling cider made using the same traditional method as is used to make Champagne (second fermentation in the bottle). Made with 75% acid apples and 25% bittersweet apples, this is an elegant and fruity cider, which makes a great aperitif or match with apple-based desserts.