Get a Six-Pack (of Fruit Ciders)

Men's Health (South Africa) - - GUY DRINKS - / KENNY GOULD & KELLEIGH KOREVAAR

OF ALL THE TRENDS IN BEER AND CIDERS, ONE OF THE MOST EX­CIT­ING IS FRUIT-IN­FUSED BREW­ING. YOU’RE SCEP­TI­CAL, AS YOU SHOULD BE – YOU’VE BEEN BURNED BE­FORE BY SICKLY-SWEET FRUIT-A-RITAS AND BOT­TLES THAT NEED A WEDGE OF CIT­RUS TO TASTE GOOD. BUT A NEW CLASS OF FRUIT-TINGED DRINKS WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND. SINCE WE’RE GET­TING RID OF THE BEER BEL­LIES, WE’RE THROW­ING OUT THE BEERS ALONG WITH THE WIN­TER LAY­ERS IN FAVOUR OF SOME FRUIT CIDERS. PLUS, THESE CIDERS ARE BREWED WITH AC­TUAL FRUIT; LAST TIME WE CHECKED, THAT’S A WHOLE LOT HEALTH­IER THAN YOUR FAVOURITE BREAD IN A BOT­TLE. BOT­TOM LINE: IG­NORE THE HATERS AND GIVE THEM A TRY

LIT­TLE WOLF Hibis­cus

This drink is brewed us­ing dried hibis­cus petals, which adds a tart, red-berry flavour to the dry ap­ple cider. The hibis­cus also con­tains tan­nins, which con­trib­utes a dis­tinc­tive bit­ter el­e­ment to cre­ate body and an el­e­gant mouth­feel. Dry, well-bal­anced and re­fresh­ing, this cider shows lo­cal re­ally is lekker.

LOXTONIA CIDER Stone Fruit

An­other lo­cal brand we love – this cider is made with hand­picked ap­ples straight from the Ceres Val­ley. The stone fruit adds an un­usual, sweet fruity char­ac­ter­is­tic with notes of nec­tarine to a crisp, nat­u­rally fer­mented ap­ple cider that con­tains no preser­va­tives or ar­ti­fi­cial ad­di­tives. And it’s launched just in time for sum­mer. Sold.

STRONGBOW Gold Ap­ple

Strongbow has paid trib­ute to – and re­ally high­lighted – the ap­ple flavour in this golden cider. It has a rich and com­plex aro­matic ar­ray that is dom­i­nated by sev­eral va­ri­eties of ap­ple. Cou­pled with a re­fresh­ing tex­ture that per­fectly bal­ances acid­ity, sharp­ness, sour­ness, soft­ness and sweet­ness, it’s a real win­ner.

EVER­SON’S Pear

This is South Africa’s first pear cider, and it’s crafted us­ing ar­ti­sanal meth­ods, as well as be­ing aged and wooded. This sweeter cider has an ex­cep­tional flo­ral char­ac­ter. Be­cause of the al­ka­line fruit, there is a slightly waxy mouth­feel and a softer, creamier fin­ish. Fair warn­ing: this slides down when you’re on braai duty.

HUNTER’S Hard Lemon

If you though Hunter’s just pro­duced the Gold and Dry, you’re wrong. This cider is best for those com­mit­ted beer lovers. The hard cider of­fers a mild sweet­ness typ­i­cal of Hunter’s whilst the dash of lemon adds a zesty twist to quench any thirst. Best part? There’s no need to wedge a lemon slice in your bot­tle.

KOPPARBERG Straw­berry & Lime

Kopparberg is the best-sell­ing pear cider in the world, and once you’ve had a sip, you’ll know why. It de­liv­ers an in­tense fruity flavour that smells like straw­berry and sum­mer. If you’re not into sweet drinks, serv­ing this cider over ice blocks makes it the per­fect re­fresh­ing pool­side com­pan­ion. Who said men can’t drink pink drinks?

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