Apple flavors have become synonymous with fall, making hard cider the perfect drink of choice for this time of the year. Angry Orchard offers a wide variety of styles that brings everything you love about the season into a bottle of refreshing hard cider.
Behind pumpkin carving, apple picking is one of the most iconic fall activities out there. The thing is, apple picking involves finding an apple orchard, going to the orchard, then actually walking around and picking the apples. It’s a lot of work and great for Instagram selfies, sure, but at the end of the day, do you really want to spend all that time to get a few apples?
We have a better idea, one that’ll save you the time and effort of apple picking, but still deliver one hundred percent of the apple flavors: mix up these apple-based cocktails and use those hours in more meaningful ways than trying to decide if that Granny Smith is ready for picking or not.
Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Walden, New York: One of the world's biggest cider producers recently opened a Hudson Valley orchard and interactive visitors center. Guests can visit a treehouse tasting room, take a self-guided farm tour and sip small-batch ciders. "You may taste something that never goes into full production. It's almost like a cider studio," Book says. His favorite: The Old-Fashioned, a drink inspired by the cocktail that's available nationally.
We served up an assortment of Angry Orchard hard ciders from the Fall Variety Pack, ranging from classic ‘Crisp Apple’ to the seasonal style, ‘Cinnful Apple.’ We’re so happy we chose to serve cider because it’s easy for everyone to enjoy and a good way to change it up from wine or beer. Not only is it refreshing and just the right amount of sweet, but also great for gluten free friends. The newest style ‘Easy Apple’ and ‘Hop’N Mad Apple’ are also a few of our faves!
Angry Orchard: The popular hard cider has a 60-acre orchard in the Hudson Valley where visitors can watch the magic unfold—for free! The locale hosts a free evening music series, Fresh Pressed Fridays, through October and celebrates Harvest Fest on October 15 at 2pm ($45) with Matisyahu and the season’s four concoctions on tap.
Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Walden, NY: One of the world's biggest cider producers recently opened a Hudson Valley orchard and interactive visitors center. Guests can visit a treehouse tasting room, take a self-guided farm tour and sip small-batch ciders. "You may taste something that never goes into full production. It's almost like a cider studio," Book says. His favorite: The Old-Fashioned, a drink inspired by the cocktail that’s available nationally.
On the other hand, if you have a pitcher of this hard cider sangria, a bucket of ice, and some rocks glasses at the ready, you automatically win… It’s also an attempt to convince you not all sangrias have to taste like bad sugared wine and fruit cocktail with a hint of impending hangover. Use a light, crisp, fruity cider that’s not too heavy or funky—Angry Orchard is a good choice, or if you have access to a local brand, go for it.
Walden Hollow is our first cider made exclusively with apple varieties from New York State, including apples from last year’s harvest at our 60-acre orchard in Walden, NY, and heirloom apples from other local orchards here in the Hudson Valley.