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.