Happy Virginia Cider Week! …
many states celebrate Cider Week at different times of the year…this week celebrates Virginia Ciders, so please forgive me for adding in a couple of ciders from different states in this post. One of my favorite Virginia Ciders, Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold Cider is featured in this post.
I found this fun Wyndridge Crafty Cranberry Hard Apple Cider at the Natural Foods Co-op in Roanoke, Virginia: http://roanokenaturalfoods.com
This cranberry cider, made in Pennsylvania, is very dry with a pleasant cranberry flavor, made with local Pennsylvania pressed apples, yeast and real cranberry juice. Fresh tasting and crisp. Alc. 5.5% by Volume. It would be the perfect addition to Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.
McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider, made in upstate New York, is another cider I found at the Natural Foods Co-op in Roanoke. I was expecting this cider to be cherry red, but instead it has a rich amber color, full-bodied with a sweet cherry finish. I picked up just the slightest cinnamon taste at the very end of each sip which was pleasant. Although I enjoy fresh cherries I have never been a fan of anything cherry flavored and this cider was no exception. I’m glad I tried it, but it would not be my first choice.
I was very excited to taste the cider cocktail that River and Rail Restaurant created especially for Cider Week…
River and Rail Restaurant Foggy Ridge Cocktail
Cider component of this cocktail ~ Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold Cider, made in Virginia!
Cocktail garnish ~ Hibiscus leaf
We enjoyed the Duck and Dumplings ~ duck leg confit, smoked mushrooms, toasted breadcrumbs and herbs ~ with our Foggy Ridge Cocktail.
River and Rail Restaurant, Roanoke, Virginia: http://riverandrailrestaurant.com
Thanksgiving Cocktail & Cider Week ~ from the River and Rail Restaurant Newsletter:
From November 11 – 20, River and Rail will be participating in a friendly competition with Lucky and Local Roots in the Annual Foggy Ridge Cocktail Competition.
Our Foggy Ridge Cocktail, crafted by Shane, is also perfect for your Thanksgiving Celebration.
Come in and order one, or two – and make it at home for friends and family to celebrate together this month.
Equal parts Eagle Rare Bourbon, Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold, and Cardamaro, with two dashes of each apple & angostura bitters.
The cocktail is stirred, shared, and enjoyed.
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