Expand your horizons with myriad flavourings
The experts at Vigo presses provide some further fantastic fruit for thought. Although apples are the traditional fruit for cider and are used to make the main base of this beverage, the flavourings of other fruits can be added to adjust the end result accordingly.
If you want to stick to traditional cider, the variety of apples you choose allows you to change the overall taste. The key is to have the perfect balance of acidity, sweetness and slight bitterness. Different mixes of apples are going to give different flavoured ciders, which is why it is important to take note of the proportions you are using. As there is no way of knowing the outcome in advance, this will help you to adjust your recipe in the future.
PEAR CIDER (PERRY)
Perry is the equivalent of apple cider. You just replace the apples with the same weight of pears. It is good to know that ripe pears are actually much easier to pulp than apples. This tipple differs from apple cider in its taste and it tends to be more delicate in flavour and somewhat sweeter. Some people also comment that it has a citrus and tropical fruit aspect.
If you want to venture beyond traditional cider ingredients then adding different fruits can be a great way of customising the taste to suit your preferences. Berries are a popular choice. For example, adding strawberries with a squeeze of lime is said to be the perfect addition for a summer barbecue. To do this, add the strawberries whole into the fermenter along with the apples. If you want to add limes as well, peel them and cut into quarters before adding and then finish as you would normal cider.
This is another popular combination, as adding elderflower gives the drink a lemony and fresh aroma.
Ultimately, when making cider, any fruit can be added to the apples or pears to change the finished product.
It is all about testing and changing the proportions in order to find the right mixture for you.
Something to note, though, is that adding sweetness to your drink can make it more alcoholic, and so fruits with more natural sugar will contribute to this. Making cider is a lengthy process that takes time and patience. Vigo Presses offers a range of products designed to help make the perfect cider. Vigo would love to see your fruity ciders. You can tweet it a picture @VigoPresses or tag it into your Facebook photos.
For more information, visit www. vigopresses. co.uk.