Our Top 30 features three ciders that are different points of a taste triangle – but they all have one thing in common: a bright acidity that means they can do the same job as wines with food. Take the Zeffer Rosé Cider. If you’re a fan of Rosé wine you should be able to close your eyes and find all the flavours you love in that style – plus some bubbles, of course. Try this with a light salad, simple pasta, quiche, grilled fish or a soft cheese. And the delicious berry flavours complement a chocolate dessert such as mud cake or mousse.
The Good George Passionfruit Cider has enough acidity to slice through fatty and oily foods and the sweetness will offset smoky notes – it will love to sit beside some smoked salmon. Peckham’s New Wave Farmhouse cider is bit more complex and funky. Enjoy the difference between the ripe, ‘barnyardy’ aroma and the sweet apple character on the palate. If you like ‘orange’ wines this will resonate. If that means nothing, don’t worry, try it with a duck, venison or other gamey food, especially if there’s a fruity glaze or sauce on top.