Would you like to make or buy quality artisan cider? This is kind of the national drink in the South West where it’s often called ‘scrumpy’. It’s basically just fermented apples, although sometimes pears are used.
- Dunkerton’s Cider is one of the best in England. It’s organic, vegan and supports wildlife through its orchards, and made in Gloucestershire, with a few apples coming from Herefordshire. Try a pint of this with a bag of chips. It also offers a mulled cider with warming spices.
- If you’re veggie (or even if not), visit Barnivore and look up your favourite cidery tipple, to see if it’s filtered with bone char or fish bladder. Hopefully not – but if it is, find alternatives. The man who runs this site spends his time emailing alcohol companies, asking them questions and reporting results.
- Donate your apples, and get free cider. Many organisations like London’s Orchard Project and Hawkes let you donate unwanted apples, and you get free bottles in return. There are many similar projects nationwide. Time for a bit of scrumping?
Make Your Own Cider
True Brews is a book of 50 alcoholic beverages that all tend to use the same base ingredients and equipment, to keep things simple. The recipes include pear cider, plum wine and root beer. Emma’s other book is dedicated: Modern Cider. For mead recipes, you can use plant-based alternatives to honey. Keep hops and other beer/cider making ingredients away from pets and young children.
- Other good Cornish gins are Polgoon produces local artisan wines, ciders & juices on the family-run vineyard and orchard at Penzance. All items are vegan, and you can visit for tours and tasting.