Kish and I have decided to try some new summer beverages, just to change things up a bit. After a steady diet of hot, humid days, it is worth experimenting with some different thirst-quenching drinks. Tonight’s frosty fluid of choice is a dry cider — in this case, Strongbow, which is advertised as “England’s Dry Cider.” (Well, that’s settled!)
What does the label tell you? It says that the dry cider is 5% alcohol by volume and that it has 140 calories per 12-ounce serving and no fat (whoo-hoo!) but some sugar. The cider is made from fermented apple juice. It has a crisp, clean, slightly fruity taste — very pleasant and refreshing on a muggy evening. Of course, the main issue is whether it continues to taste good and doesn’t become sickeningly sweet after you pound the third or fourth bottle.
In the meantime, you feel a bit like Robin Hood as you quaff your flagon of cider, expecting Friar Tuck to come rounding the copse of trees in Sherwood Forest with Maid Marian in tow. Time to dress in a leather jerkin! (Of course, the name Strongbow is itself evocative.) What’s next? Mead?