Rosé Cider is a Thing + It Has Summer 2018 Written All Over It

Rosé cider is being called called this season's it beverage. I mean, are you surprised? Rosé and cider are two of the greatest drinks on the planet. Marry the two and magic is bound to happen. According to the Executive Director of the U.S. Association of Cider Makers, Michelle McGrath, cider is an incredible beverage for food pairing. It's lighter and more refreshing than most wines, which makes it easy to combine with food. It's best served with warm-weather favorites like oysters, meats and cheese spreads, and salads, and makes for easy warm weather drinking.

While rosé ciders are just starting to take off nationally, pink ciders aren't exactly new to the alcohol industry. "It started with the heritage cider makers, then it went to smaller local and regional cider companies, and now the national brands are making rosé ciders as well," McGrath says of the trend. So while the newer offerings (like Brosé) have been in the spotlight recently, there are a plenty of pink-hued options out there. 

I'm pretty sad because 2018 is a booze free year for me (had surgery recently and have had to banish a few things from my diet, including rosé *gasp*), it doesn't mean I can't do a little research on what the rosé cider market has to offer. 

THE BEST ROSÉ CIDERS OF THE SEASON

   Virtue Cider Rosé   What it's made with:  A blend of citrus oil, sage, hibiscus, and locally grown Michigan apples.   What it tastes like:  Apple-y with a hint of sweet strawberry, tart grapefruit, and floral flavors.   What to sip it with:  Soft cheeses, shellfish, and salads.

Virtue Cider Rosé

What it's made with: 
A blend of citrus oil, sage, hibiscus, and locally grown Michigan apples.

What it tastes like: Apple-y with a hint of sweet strawberry, tart grapefruit, and floral flavors.

What to sip it with: Soft cheeses, shellfish, and salads.

   Wölffer Dry Rosé Cider     What it's made with:  A blend of New York State apples and grapes.   What it tastes like:  Fruit forward with a crisp, dry, and slightly sparkling finish.   What to sip it with:  Fresh seafood and charcuterie spreads.

Wölffer Dry Rosé Cider

What it's made with: A blend of New York State apples and grapes.

What it tastes like: Fruit forward with a crisp, dry, and slightly sparkling finish.

What to sip it with: Fresh seafood and charcuterie spreads.

   Shacksbury Rosé Cider     What it's made with:  A blend of fresh-pressed Vermont apples that's aged with grape skins for flavor, coloring, and tannins.   What it tastes like:  Fruit forward with tannins for a complex wine-like finish.   What to sip it with:  Charcuterie spreads and shellfish.

Shacksbury Rosé Cider

What it's made with: A blend of fresh-pressed Vermont apples that's aged with grape skins for flavor, coloring, and tannins.

What it tastes like: Fruit forward with tannins for a complex wine-like finish.

What to sip it with: Charcuterie spreads and shellfish.

   Crispin Rosé Hard Cider     What it's made with:  A blend of apples, pears, rose petals, and hibiscus.   What it tastes like:  Sweet melon, strawberries, rhubarb, with a floral hint of roses.   What to sip it with:  Charcuterie spreads, shellfish, and salads.

Crispin Rosé Hard Cider

What it's made with: A blend of apples, pears, rose petals, and hibiscus.

What it tastes like: Sweet melon, strawberries, rhubarb, with a floral hint of roses.

What to sip it with: Charcuterie spreads, shellfish, and salads.

   Angry Orchard Rosé Cider      What it's made with:  A blend of French-sourced Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and red-fleshed apples.   What it tastes like:  Apple-y with a crisp and dry wine-like finish.   What to sip it with:  Charcuteries spreads, shellfish, and spicy dishes.

Angry Orchard Rosé Cider

What it's made with: A blend of French-sourced Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and red-fleshed apples.

What it tastes like: Apple-y with a crisp and dry wine-like finish.

What to sip it with: Charcuteries spreads, shellfish, and spicy dishes.

   Bold Rock Hard Rosé Cider      What it's made with:  A blend of apples and a "naturally occurring pigment extract."   What it tastes like:  Fruity with a crisp berry finish.   What to sip it with:  Grilled chicken, shellfish, and fruity desserts or pastries.

Bold Rock Hard Rosé Cider

What it's made with: A blend of apples and a "naturally occurring pigment extract."

What it tastes like: Fruity with a crisp berry finish.

What to sip it with: Grilled chicken, shellfish, and fruity desserts or pastries.

   Sassy Rosé Cider     What it's made with:  A blend of 15 different French-sourced apples (including red fleshed).   What it tastes like:  A mix between a sweet and semi-dry cider with balanced fruity, acidic, and apple-y flavors.   What to sip it with:  Fruity desserts or pastries.

Sassy Rosé Cider

What it's made with: A blend of 15 different French-sourced apples (including red fleshed).

What it tastes like: A mix between a sweet and semi-dry cider with balanced fruity, acidic, and apple-y flavors.

What to sip it with: Fruity desserts or pastries.

   Citizen Cider Brosé     What it's made with:  A blend of fermented Vermont blueberries and apples.   What it tastes like:  Light berry notes with a dry apple-y base (similar to a sparkling rosé wine).   What to sip it with:  Shellfish, cheeses, and salads.

Citizen Cider Brosé

What it's made with: A blend of fermented Vermont blueberries and apples.

What it tastes like: Light berry notes with a dry apple-y base (similar to a sparkling rosé wine).

What to sip it with: Shellfish, cheeses, and salads.