About Sparkling Cider

About Sparkling Cider
Sparkling cider is cider, a beverage made from apples, that has been carbonated. While most are inexpensive, non-alcoholic products that have had gas injected into a tank to provide the effervescence, there are some artisan offerings that are produced much like the finest sparkling wines, with secondary fermentation in the bottle; these examples have as much as 8% alcohol content.

The non-alcoholic versions is great for a picnic or barbecue or simply a refreshing drink on a hot summer's day, while the alcoholic version should be served with shellfish, chicken salads or fusion cuisine; they can also be used to make a Kir Royale. They come if varying degrees of sweetness, sometimes denoted by the Champagne conventions of Brut or Extra-Dry.

Top Picks for Sparkling Cider

Kaneb Orchards  St. Lawrence Cider
90 points
$14
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Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of crisp golden apple, ripe pear, beeswax, and pressed flowers with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying notes of starfruit and melon. An effortlessly drinkable fruity apple cider with a balanced kiss of sweetness.
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Kaneb Orchards  Raquette River Cider
90 points
$14
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Straw green white gold color. Aromas of heirloom apple, pastry dough, honeydew melon, and hazelnut biscotti with a round, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long honey-drizzled dried pears finish. A dry, crisp, champagne-like cider.
90 points $14 Best Buy