Fueled by a thirst for craft drinks and an abundance of apple trees, Quebec, Canada is experiencing an artisanal craft cider explosion. Cider, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice, came from France in the 17th century, was deemed illegal in Canada due to the politics of the liquor commission between 1921 and 1970, but today the industry has made a revival with over 70 cideries.
Cider has gained recognition for its tastes and flavors. Fire cider is tart and dry in flavor, perfect for sipping or making into cocktails. Ice cider is sweet and syrupy, a perfect aperitif or dessert drink.
The tasting room is right on the Vermont border and hosted by a lively gentleman named Tex. He has been with the company since the start and brings lightness and humor to cider tasters. Just don’t ask him where his nickname comes from. Well, maybe you should.
Verger Sud Still Cider is a unique cider from the same orchard where they get their frozen apples for ice cider. The cider is fresh, fruity and crisp and perfect for a picnic or a light meal. It is a bright alternative to a white wine on a hot summer day. Serve chilled with cheese.
Domaine Pinnacle is the first cidery to make sparkling ice cider. It is both sweet and lively on the palate. The golden color has orange highlights and a nose of fresh apples, cinnamon and spice. Although it’s sweet, it has a well-balanced acidity with a clean finish. The bubbles are a fun addition to the cider. Serve with a variety of desserts. Their 2014 Sparkling Ice Cider won a gold medal at the International Cider Challenge.