With roots in Great Britain, hard cider has had a long history in America. It was the drink of choice for our founding fathers. In fact, back in colonial times, the stuff was drank more regularly than water. But after Prohibition and a disastrous frost in the 1930s, bittersweet cider apples became the stuff of abandoned orchards and beer eventually rose to prominence. But cider is the ultimate fall drink. And thankfully, it's currently enjoying a renaissance in America, stoked by venturesome cider-makers that are blending craft-beer ingenuity with old world tradition. Herewith, four recent favorites after a lengthy taste test.
Four to Try
From New Hampshire
This semi-dry cider has a subtle balance of sweetness, with the tart acidity of biting into a fresh apple's skin.