Ciders & Coolers
A wine cooler is an alcoholic beverage made from wine and fruit juice, often in combination with a carbonated beverage and sugar.
Wine coolers started as a homemade beverage, often served at parties or social gatherings. They were made by mixing fruit juices and sugar with small amounts of wine. Just think Sangria; then add some carbonation.
However, as wine taxes rose in the 1990s, many mass producers of wine coolers started substituting other alcohols, such as malts, as an ingredient in place of wine. Now there are almost as many different varieties of coolers as there are spirits; with popular options that combine vodka, rum or tequila, with fruit juice, carbonated liquid and sugar in dozens of flavors.
Summer-fresh varieties such as raspberry, lime, lemonade, tropical fruit and many others are readily available. Choose some fun flavours and put them on ice for your next summer celebration.
Alcoholic cider is made from the fermented juice of apples and is known in Canada and the United States as hard cider; while non-alcoholic cider is called apple cider. Alcoholic cider varies in alcohol content from 2 to as much as 8 or more percent in some traditional English ciders.
Cider is popular in the United Kingdom, especially in South West England. The United Kingdom has the highest per capita consumption of cider, as well as the largest cider-producing companies in the world. It’s almost as common to see a pint of cider in a traditional pub in the UK as it is to see a pint of ale.
Ciders can be classified from dry to sweet. Their appearance ranges from cloudy with sediment to completely clear, and their colour ranges from light yellow through orange to brown. The variations in clarity and colour are mostly due to filtering between pressing and fermentation. Some apple varieties will produce a clear cider without any filtration. Both sparkling and still ciders are made; with the sparkling variety being somewhat more common.
Modern, mass-produced ciders closely resemble sparkling wine in appearance. More traditional brands tend to be darker and cloudier. They are often stronger than the mass-produced varieties and taste more strongly of apples.
Ciders and coolers provide a couple of different options to enjoy, on ice or ice cold, this summer.