We were so excited to receive our copy of this brand new book, Tasting Cider: the Cidercraft Guide to the Distinctive Flavors of North American Hard Cider. The book is by Erin James, editor-in-chief at CIDERCRAFT Magazine.
Because we cherish every time CIDERCRAFT Magazine arrives in our mailbox, we pre-ordered this book with excitement.
We’ve leafed through the book, looked at all the pictures and excitedly picked out cocktails and recipes to make. We are trying to save a thorough reading of the book until our upcoming cider holidays in September, but I doubt we will be able to hold on that long.
The book covers: history, tasting information, basics of cidermaking, styles & varieties of cider from across North America, the stories of people in the industry, cocktails and recipes! It would be a great gift, and not just for cider nerds. I think it has an appeal for those with an interest in craft drinks, food, history and human stories.
Maple Basil Ciderita Cocktail
After the eye-catching pictures of some of our favourite ciders, the next thing that caught our attention was one of the cocktails, the Maple Basil Ciderita. This was partly because it sounded delicious and partly because we had all the ingredients!
We bought The Hatchet by Sonoma Cider in Seattle (it’s not available in Alberta, but you could use a substitute). The recipe was easy to follow, especially for Nathan whose passion before cider was cocktail making. The drink was perfect for a hot Saturday evening!
If you’re interested in more recommendations of cider books, check out our page of Cider Resources.