7 Indian ciders to add to your pantryJune 1, 2021
The Hard Apple Cider from Wildcraft Beverages; Siqera’s ciders and perries. Photo: Instagram/ @wildcraftbeverage @siqera
While cracking open a cold beer may have been your Sunday activity of choice during the summer, as the monsoon makes its way in, you might be wishing for a change in your routine. Ciders are a great option if you enjoy craft beers but are looking for some sweetness and fruity flavours. While beers are made from malted barley, ciders are made from fermented apple juice and tend to have less carbonation. Ciders are largely known to be a product of the United Kingdom and Ireland, but there are several homegrown brands that are experimenting with uniquely crafted ciders for the Indian market. For World Cider Day, here are some Indian ciders that you can add to your pantry.
7 Indian ciders to add to your pantry
Based in Mumbai, this cider brand is named after sneaky foxes, known to be notorious among orchard owners for finding and feasting on the best apples. Inspired by these furry animals, Thirsty Fox uses only the best single-origin apples from Washington State and Oregon for their unique brews. Thirsty Fox Izzy is a golden cider flavoured with orange blossom honey and Thirsty Fox Reed is a ruby-red cider flavoured with cherries and peppercorns. The drinks are fermented in small batches, with custom-made botanicals and their special champagne yeast to provide a signature kick. If that wasn’t enough, both their ciders are also completely gluten-free!
Thirsty Fox is currently accepting orders here for Mumbai and Pune. From Rs300
With a home base in Gurugram, Siqera crafts fresh, aromatic and fruity ciders and perries: an alcoholic beverage made from pears. Their sparkling amber Apple Cider is made with Fuji, Golden Delicious and McIntosh apples and a dash of pepper. If you’re looking for a little bit of summer as the rains take over, opt for the sparkling golden Mango Cider, made from tart semi-ripe Alphonso mangoes. There’s also a beautiful rose pink Jamun Perry and sparkling tropical Guava Perry on offer if you’re looking for something different.
Siqera ciders are available at select retail stores in Gurugram and Faridabad. From Rs200
Husband-wife duo Priyanka and Mehul Patel founded Wildcraft Beverages to provide fresh ciders made with homegrown ingredients sourced ethically from farmers across India. The crisp Hard Apple Cider uses sweet, juicy Kashmiri apples that are non-GMO. The beverage is filled with natural antioxidants and is neither too sweet nor too dry, making it well-balanced and easy to enjoy with all kinds of accompaniments. It is also naturally gluten-free and completely vegan. If you’re looking for something more refreshing, watch out for new flavours like Mulberry, Coffee Orange, Strawberry that are on their way.
Wildcraft Beverages’ Hard Apple Cider is available for delivery in Mumbai, with a minimum order of 6 pints. Cost of one pint: Rs180
Founded by Navin Mittal, Rahul Mehra and Krishna Naik, Gateway Brewing company is all about brewing experimental flavours with local ingredients. The brand’s signature cider ‘Sidecar’—named so because it’s the perfect companion for a fun night—is a classic lightly carbonated apple cider. Made from Lal Ambri apples from Kashmir, the beverage is sweet, mildly tart and easy to drink. During Christmas, the Sidecar also comes with a festive twist: an infusion of cinnamon to bring in the spirit of the season.
The Sidecar Apple Cider is available for delivery in South Mumbai, Bandra, Andheri, Chembur, Powai and Ghatkopar, with a minimum order value of Rs1,000. Cost of one bottle: Rs565
Bengaluru’s much-loved brewery, known for its unique range of craft beers, also offers a delicious craft cider made from 100% pure apple juice. Toit’s Stray Apple craft cider ditches artificial flavours and concentrates to use fresh Himalayan apples that are plucked, crushed and fermented with care the traditional way. The cider is golden, straw-coloured, light-bodied and crisp, with soft floral notes.
Toit’s Stray Apple Cider is available for delivery in Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru. 1 growler of the cider costs Rs600
White Owl may be a pint-sized company (as they call themselves) but they know how to pack a punch. Their Ace Apple Cider Ale is made with apples picked from the Himalayas and champagne yeast to add a bubbly appearance to the beverage. The locally brewed cider has a bold sweet-apple finish, making it perfect for those who prefer a less bitter ale.
White Owl’s Ace Apple Cider Ale is available in wine shops in Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Bengaluru and Pune. From Rs245
Founders Shailendra Bist and Avanish Vellanki wanted craft beer enthusiasts in India to be able to choose from the best beers and flavours out there. With their ciders, you can go for a classic flavour or pick something just a little more experimental. Independence Brewing Company’s Homing Pigeon Apple Cider is a classic tart apple cider with a crisp mouthfeel and dry finish. For a slightly sweeter drink, opt for the Strawberry Cider, made with locally sourced strawberries that bring a balance of sweet and tart to your palate. The ciders come in eco-friendly glass growlers that you can reuse once you chug down the drinks.
The Homing Pigeon Apple Cider and Strawberry Cider is available for delivery in Mumbai and Pune. Cost of one growler: Rs600