Virginia Pippin Gold Cider (with Virginia apple brandy) Meet Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Bourbon.
Virginia knows how to make a cider cocktail. One of our favorites, (enjoyed with Brookville’s deliciously addicting bacon fat popcorn):
The Cocktail: The Buffalo Gold.
The Venue: Brookville Restaurant, Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Cider: Foggy Ridge Cider Pippin Gold.
The recipe is as follows:
Iced highball glass
1 1/2 oz. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 1/2 oz Foggy Ridge Cider Pippin Gold
long squeeze grenadine
Fill with your favorite ginger ale
Garnish with a cherry
Foggy Ridge Cider Makers Tasting Notes for Pippin Gold:
Pippin Gold is a unique blend of 100% Newtown Pippin hard cider and apple brandy from Laird and Company, the country’s oldest distiller. Pippin Gold is delicious as a dessert cider or sweet apéritif. Some have swooned over peaches soaked in Pippin Gold served with homemade pound cake.
Image: Malus domestica: Yellow Newtown. Charlottesville, Virginia, 1904.
Artist: Deborah Griscom Passmore
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705
Our recent Cider (and Apple) Road Trip to Virginia involved rigorous cider tasting, and afforded the opportunity to collect an extensive array of some of the finest Virginia ciders currently available. These apple elixirs were carefully transported to United States of Cider HQ and await further study. Expect upcoming posts about our cider tasting experiences and detailed Virginia cider reviews.
Virginia ciders to be explored:
Castle Hill Cider
Blue Bee Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider
Potter’s Craft Cider
A few non-Virginia apple ferments were sampled and collected as well. These will also be thoroughly examined and the results reported.
Millstone Cellars Cider
Great Shoals Cider
*note: NY apples (above photo) with Virginia, and Maryland, ciders.
Cider52: A Cider A Week. The plan: 52 weeks, 52 cider tastings, pairings and postings.
For a current list of ciders reviewed so far, and links to reviews see: List of Cider Reviews 2013: Cider 52
February 2013 ciders to be reviewed:
Breezy Hill Orchard’s Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider
Farnum Hill Kingston Black Cider Reserve
Foggy Ridge Cider Serious Cider
Foggy Ridge Cider First Fruit
West County Cider Reine De Pomme
Duché de Longueville, Cidre Bouche de Cru, Muscadet de Dieppe, Normandie
Tasting notes and pairings to follow.