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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Cranes cranberry cider: A review of a refreshingly different drink + WIN!

Cranes cranberry cider: A review of a refreshingly different drink

Before I was a wine drinker, I was a fan of cider.


Or, back in my student days, cider and black.

Then I got to 26 and I was getting married, and wanted to lose a few pounds stone, I went on WeightWatchers and found out there was EIGHT WEIGHTWATCHERS POINTS in a pint of cider. I got about 25 points to use up in a whole day. It didn't really compute.

So I switched to wine, and now I save cider for a special occasion; a summer barbecue, a trip to Bristol, a curry.

When the Cranes Drink company were looking for people to try out their new cider, I couldn't just sit on my hands. 


The Cranes company was started by identical twin brothers Ben and Dan Ritsema, who figured why not try brewing cranberries because - hello - healthy right?

The cider isn't just your average apple cider (not that I'm averse to that, at all) but made instead from cranberries and apples, which gives it a pleasing hue as well as containing less sugar; this means it's also around 30% less calorific than other ciders which perhaps makes it slightly easier on the conscience as well as the waistline.

They are around 4% alcohol, so not likely to see you overdoing it either.
My thoughts on trying Cranes were that although it's sweeter than I might usually drink, it would make a lovely treat for a summer evening or to serve at a barbecue. It certainly went down well!

Cranes Cider comes in three different flavours:


Cranberries and limes, blueberries and apples, and raspberries and pomegranates, which were all subtly different although had the same overriding crisp taste. My personal favourite was blueberries and apples although they were all pleasant and, er... easy to drink.
If you would like to try Cranes Cider for yourself, you can purchase it via their shop where it costs £27.60 for twelve bottles.

You can also WIN a case of twelve bottles of Cranes Cider right here!


(Entrants must be 18+ and UK only, read terms for more information).
WIN 12 x Cranes Cider (RRP over £50)
Can't see the form? Click here.

I was sent Cranes Cider for free for the purposes of this review but thoughts are my own. Want to know more? You can visit the Cranes Drink website, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook!

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68 comments:

  1. I love Crane's Cider, even more so with their new branding. My favourite summer drink is their blueberry cider :)

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  2. I love an ice cold Buck's Fizz!

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  3. I love a fruity cider in the summer but my favourite is a lovely g&t

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  4. david waterworth13 June 2017 at 19:55

    a nice lager and lime

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  5. Cider shandy with cloudy lemonade!

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  6. I love cloudy lemonade yum yum yum so refreshing, but I do enjoy an iced cider too lovely and again very refreshing.

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  7. I love cider, in fact I don't drive it enough. I'm entering the competition. Claire x

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  8. I like a cider or lager or white wine or G&T in the summer! Darker drinks in the winter!

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  9. Great post! I have entered. Only you can make me feel like a cider at half past six in the morning...

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  10. I really love Pimm's, but also love cider ;-)

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  11. Can't beat an ice cold cider x

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  12. I like sangria it reminds me of holidays!

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  13. I love a g&t with lime & crushed ice

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  14. Like elderflower cordial

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  15. Pimms is my favourite Summer drink for special occasions. Pear Cider for everyday

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  16. I like Pimms, cider, prosecco or white wine. So plenty of choice.

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  17. I love a nice cold vodka and orange! Or a cocktail. Cocktails are perfect in summer :)

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  18. l love a long cool G & T ice and lemon of course

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  19. Can't beat an ice cold crisp lager.

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  20. My favourite summer drink is a nice tropical or fruity cocktail! absolutely love Malibu and pineapple and pimms too!

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  21. I love cider but I'm diabetic so I have developed a liking for gin and tonic. I had some of the cranberry cider with some poetic license gin and that was rather scrummy.

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  22. Dark fruits cider is my favourite

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  23. My favourite summer drink is a cider shandy with ice.

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  24. I love an ice cold fruit cider or a g&t, it depends on my mood

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  25. I o love a tall cider with lots of ice! :)

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  26. Margaret Clarkson
    I love cider and I also love Pimms

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  27. it has to be pimms! or even pimms cider cup mmm

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  28. Cold Lemonade with a slice of lemon

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  29. My favourite summer drink is chilled Kiwi Sauvignon blanc.

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  30. i love berry cider or pimms with lemonade

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  31. pina coladas are the best summer drink :D

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  32. Red lemonade with lots of ice. I tried it on holiday in Ireland and I've loved it ever since. x

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  33. I have just discovered fruit cider, my favourite is strawberry & lime, delicious

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  34. Cannot beat a fresh cold fruit cider poured over ice when the sun is shining <3

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  35. Cider with a splash of blackcurrent juice and lots of ice

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  36. Christine Shelley22 June 2017 at 19:49

    Pimms and lemonade

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  37. non alcoholic orange and lemonade, or alcoholic cider!!! xxx

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  38. I love cider with ice, a nice white wine with ice or rasberry gin topped with prosecco 🍸☀️🍾

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  39. I love the frozen cocktails or a nice Pimms

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  40. A cold dry white wine

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  41. I like a nice glass of prosecco

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  42. Elderflower cordial - summer in a glass!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  43. mixed fruit cider is my favourite

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  44. Love Pimms with lemonade and fruit

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  45. Suzanne Jackson27 June 2017 at 09:43

    I love Sangria

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  46. Pimms is good, or a cold cider with ploughmans lunch.

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  47. cider shandy with ice in a tall glass

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