Made with apples, Cider is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in the world. Nowadays Cider is appreciated in several different ways. Cider is now available on the table of the greatest restaurants in the world. Starred gastronomic restaurants offer only the best quality references of Cider on their wine menu. Discover with Bestwine • Online a selection of Ciders by chefs, sommeliers, and barmen of the most well-known and reputed restaurants in the world. Also find out about Cider and its characteristics. Take a look at the best Ciders in the world chosen by the greatest professionals in high quality gastronomy!
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|Cider Brand||Cider Category||Cider Origin||Cider Alcohol Degree||Restaurant|
|Eric Bordelet – Poiré||Pear||France – Normandy||4°||⭐⭐⭐ – Odette – Singapore|
⭐⭐⭐ – Geranium – Denmark
⭐⭐⭐ – Restaurant Clos des Sens – France
|Cidre du Saint Bernard – Maley||Apple||Italy – Aosta Valley||–||⭐⭐⭐ – Hélène Darroze at the Connaught – United Kingdom|
|Fejø Æblecider, Magnificent – Kernegaarden||Apple||Denmark||4,5°||⭐⭐⭐ – Geranium – Denmark|
|Hip-Hop – Decideret||Apple||Denmark||5,9°||⭐⭐⭐ – Geranium – Denmark|
|Hallet “Real” Cider||Apple||United Kingdom||6°||⭐⭐⭐ – Core by Clare Smyth – Hong Kong|
|Cidre Les Trois Pépins – Cidrerier du Vulcain||Apple – Raw||Swiss||6°||⭐⭐⭐ – Clos des Sens – France|
|Iscider Brannland||Apple – Raw||Sweden||10°||⭐⭐⭐ – The Fat Duck – United Kingdom|
Cider is produced with apples, or more precisely Cider apples. With an alcohol content of between 2° and 9°, Cider comes from the fermentation of agricultural apple juice. Cider is a sparkling alcoholic drink, which is produced in many countries all over the world. You can find Ciders from France, Canada, the Unites States, Nepal, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden or even Switzerland. In the United States Cider is called “hard cider” to differentiate it from sparkling apple juice called “cider”. “Hard Cider,” contrary to traditional cider is produced with the must of fresh apples, concentrated apple must or a mixture of both elements. “Hard Cider” has an alcohol content of around 2° to 9°. In this reference list of best Ciders, you will find all the categories and families of Cider.
The term cider can include alcoholic drinks made from apples and also pears. However, cider is only used to name a drink made with apples, which are therefore, the main ingredient in Cider. You will find however, ciders made with apples, but also drinks made with pears in the reference list of the best Ciders.
To produce good cider, you need good apples.
There are three categories of Cider:
Sweet cider apples: sweet apples have the characteristic of possessing a large sugar content which means that the cider has a big alcohol content.
Acidic cider apples (Acidic and bitter): acidic cider apples are not very sugary. The acidity contained in the apples gives a fresh and acidic Cider
Bitter Cider apples: (and bitter-sweet): bitter cider apples are rich in polyphenols which gives the Cider body with a pronounced bitter taste.
As a general rule Cider production needs small bitter or bitter-sweet apples which give tannin.
The apples are picked directly from the ground in the orchard. The harvest can be done manually or with a machine. Obviously, the apples harvested by hand give a better-quality cider. Amongst the most reputed cider makers, few harvest their apples manually, but harvesting the apples manually gives an exceptional Cider.
The apples once harvested are crushed and then macerated for several hours. Traditional Ciders are then “assembled” i.e. the crushed apples are piled up on straw then pressed. The juice is put into a barrel during the barreling stage.
The length of its fermentation gives different degrees of alcohol to the Cider, which allows it to be classified into different categories:
- Sweet Cider: Cider with a volume of alcohol of 3° and under, which is rich in apple aromas
- Medium dry cider: Cider between 3° and 5° alcohol content which is quite sweet
- Dry Cider: Cider with an alcohol content of 3° to 5° not very sugary
- Traditional Cider: Cider over 5° alcohol content, with a cloudy appearance produced mainly in the agricultural regions notably Spain (The Basque Country and Asturias) and France (Normandy and Brittany)
- Rosé Cider: Cider produced with red apples (notably the Royal délice variety)
- Hard Cider: Cider between 2 and 9° generally produced with bitter-sweet apples which give body to the beverage.
Cider has reinvented itself over the years. Today it is possible to drink Cider flavoured with fruit.
When it is distilled, Cider produces Calvados or Lambig.
Cider figures prominently in starred gastronomic restaurants. Chefs, sommeliers, and barmen appreciate the freshness of this alcoholic drink. Cider is served chilled. A Sparkling drink, Cider is valued for its apple flavour. Each Cider may offer specific aromas according to the apple production, the manufacturing methods, and the region in which it is produced. Cider stands out with its orange-coloured robe. It can be clear or cloudy and has the specificity of being consumed at every stage of the meal; as an aperitif, to accompany a main course or a dessert. Cider is a light and aromatic alcohol ideal to go with a large number of dishes.
Cider consumption is not only limited to accompanying pancakes. In the greatest gastronomic restaurants Cider is proposed as a prestigious alcoholic drink. Occasionally served on draft and more often in a 75 cl bottle with a cork, Cider is more and more present in starred gastronomic restaurants. Some chefs even make dishes with Cider that accompanies chicken, pork, or fish. Beef with Cider is a dish which goes back to medieval times. Cider can also be found in cocktails.
Cider’s flavour is mainly due to the yeast flora naturally present in apples. It is interesting to note that Cider production is made without adding extra yeast. This natural yeast present in Cider apples allows the apple juice to turn into alcohol and produces the bubbles in the Cider.
Cider is mainly consumed in the United States, South Africa, Australia and in European countries notably Great Britain and Sweden.
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Cider is a popular drink. Native of Brittany I have always appreciated Cider. With Bestwine • Online, I would like everyone to discover the best bottles of Cider. To do this, it seems logical to trust Chefs, sommeliers, and barmen in starred gastronomic restaurants.
Each of these professionals constantly works to propose the best in good food and fine wine to their customers. The awards given to these gastronomic restaurants reflect their reputation and above all their high standards and regularity. Logically, sommeliers, chefs and barmen in starred gastronomic restaurants meet Cider producers and taste their products.
Cider is also the history of the men who grow the apples and produce and commercialise the Ciders. With Bestwine • Online each person can take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the greatest professionals in high class gastronomy to find and buy a good bottle of Cider.
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