How to pair cider with seasonal fare

Cheese served on bread with tree in background

It’s much easier to pair your favourite cider with fresh local cuisine than you may think. Cider’s combination of sweetness and acidity combined with its natural carbonation can enhance the flavour of many seasonal dishes. In the colder months, cider pairs well with hearty comfort food, while in the summer it makes a wonderful accompaniment to light grilled dishes.

The key to achieving a perfect pairing is balance. A cider’s sweetness level and intensity can play an important role in how it marries with a particular recipe. Use our seasonal pairing chart as a guide as you begin experimenting with local cider and food pairings.

Just add cheese

Cider has an amazing affinity to cheese. The lively carbonation cuts through the fatty richness and the tangy acidity elevates the more subtle flavours of lighter, earthier cheeses like Chevre and surface-ripened cheeses like Brie or Camembert. Other styles of cheese that pair well with cider include mild Cheddar, Havarti, and Gouda.

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