I've been sick all week, so I've mostly been drinking water and ginger ale, but you know what I'm dying for? A cold, crisp cider, preferably Magners, my brand of choice.
Made with seventeen (!!) varieties of apples, the Irish cider can take up to two years to ferment. Spoiler alert: it's worth it. I love every refreshing sip of Magners in all types of weather; while people seem to think cider is a summer drink, I say why not have it all the time??
Ideally, I like drinking my Magners out of a beer glass (because I don't have one of their sexy cider glasses) while sitting shoeless on my patio. It can be equally enjoyed standing up in a pub, preferably an actual British pub (i.e. in England). Of course, I haven't been to Ireland (yet!), so I'm sure drinking a Magners in its home country would be just as awesome. And who are we kidding? If/when I make it to Ireland, the first thing I'm gonna do is get myself a pint (but I'm a nervous flyer, so maybe I should give it a couple of hours?)
Plus, apparently, it's gluten-free. If you worry about things like that.
Right now, we also get the pear flavour in Canada, but I'd do pretty much anything to try the berry one. At one point, there were other flavours including pear and ginger, spiced apple and honey, spiced apple and rhubarb, and while I'm not normally a fan of flavoured ciders (don't even talk to me about Somersby), I'd be willing to give them a shot, especially the newest addition, which includes a drop of Irish whiskey (mm, whiskey). Sadly, I highly doubt they'll ever make their way overseas.
So the next time you're at a pub and you have a hankering for a cider, do me a favour and try a Magners. My first pint of Magners was the reason I became a cider-drinker, and hopefully you'll have the same happy experience!
And if you enjoy it, you may be interested in Foundry, Strongbow, or a local Ontario cider, Brickworks.
Check out their website where they sometimes post cider-related recipes here!