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What is Rosé Cider?
Rosé cider is a light red, pinkish-colored cider generally created from red flesh apples, sometimes introducing grapes or other berries into the mix. As these varieties of red apples or fruits are introduced into the creation of the cider, the coloring from the juice or the skins of the fruit give the end product its distinctive hue.
Flavor profiles can range from tart to sweet, as the apple varieties used within the cider-making process can be dramatically different. Often, red flesh apples are known for their fine tannic and acidic qualities. As rosé wine and champagne continue to grow in popularity, rosé cider seems like the next man up for rosé lovers.
To help rosé fans find what their new favorite rose product, we have a list that showcased 8 of the best rosé hard ciders in the world.
Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider
Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider was our most highly recommended rosé cider options from CiderScene fans. Made exclusively from New York apples, this bright rosé exposes delicate floral notes with a blend of several apples including Jonagold, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Gold Rush, Idared, and Northern Spy. To further the distinctive offering, this cider was make with wine yeast and wine skins to give it that distinctive coloring. This cider speaks to that perfect color palate, too, glowing with a shiny rose color.
The floral notes are the first layer that begins to peel back into the more natural craft cider scents and flavors. A pleasantly clean and shaped cider finds the balance between carbonation, acidity, sweetness, and tannic qualities. With carefully chose apple blends, racking, and filtration, Wölffer’s Rosé is at the top of our list. This rosé has an ABV of 6.9%.
Alpenfire Glow Rosé Hard Cider
This company makes some of our favorite ciders, and this rosé is no exception. On the darker side of rosé, Alpenfire has crafted a delicious product. With a burnt orange color from Hidden Rose red-fleshed apples, this product of Port Townsend, Washington is crisp, acidic, and hides deeper tropical fruit flavors. This cider is light on carbonation, even off the pour. One of the most favorable aspects in the moderate to high level of tartness blending with its semi-sweet to sweet categorization. This product is on the boozier side of the roses on this list with an ABV of 8.2%.
Alpenfire doesn’t often play in the space of dessert apples, especially Hidden Rose apples due to their rarity, but this is certainly one rosé done expertly. One you cannot miss. I also believe this is the first rosé that we ever consumed, making it that much more special.
Citizen Cider’s bRosé
Cider Cider is one of our favorite cider companies. And, in the sense of rosé, are also a leader in defining flavor and giving fans exactly what they desire. This products is call bRosé. This name comes from the simple fact that this product was produced by three brothers. The marketing team hit this one right on the nose!
This hand crafted product was co-fermented with Vermont blueberries and sweet cider pressed at an orchard in Middlebury, Vermont. The distinctive color strongly comes from the blueberries, but the flavor, that is a bit more open. You would expect the flavor to be dominated by the berry, but it simply adds a subtle flavor profile that blends in with the apples. Great carbonation and definable wine-like flavor. The flavor starts tart and falls into the sweeter space. Falling into a similar ABV of 6.1% for this rosé.
bRosé speaks to cooperation, as they say, and we tend to agree. With the blueberries and apples, farmers and cidermakers, and the trio of brothers, this cider is desirable for your palate to drink it. A true partnership!
Original Sin Dry Rosé Cider
Founded by a team of New Yorkers, Original Sin set out to create clean, complex, and full cider options. And they have accomplished such tasks with their rosé. This offering definitely falls on the drier & clearer side of this list, using all New York apples. This rosé’s color also comes from the skin of grapes. Compared to other products, this cider falls somewhere in the low to medium sweetness level, but not too sweet. Dry and bubbly like a champagne but hints as wine. ABV is 6.5%.
We really enjoyed the design of the cans and general aesthetic Original Sin picked. Delicate, minimalist design with a desirable color palette will make this product pop off the shelves!
Shacksbury is a classic cider house in Vermont perpetually making delicious ciders. Their dry rosé is no exception as they teamed up with their friends at Sunday in Brooklyn (a restaurant). This rosé is make with 100% local apples and is infused, after fermentation, with Marquette grape skins. This generates the ciders color and, like most grape skins, imparts the tongue-drying tannins & delicious flavors. The best part is that you can order these from their website for your own at-home brunching at home. To snag a dozen cans, visit their website here.
Anxo Cider’s Rosé
For those cider drinkers who like things a bit drier and naturally fermented, the ANXO (pronounced an-cho) rosé is a must try. The makers at ANXO blended their flagship Cidre Blanc with rare red-fleshed apple juice from the team at Snowdrift. This blend not only lends itself to the color that rosé is famous for, but it helps the flavors, acidity, and fruity qualities shine through. Although it is complex in taste, the Goldrush apples in the blend make it more familiar and bring you tastebuds asking for more.
Anyday Rosé is a very unique cider in its category as it is a blend of west coast apples, rosé wine, and hops. Coming from New York, but crafted in California wine country, this 6.9% ABV cider is 85% cider and 15% rosé, making it a hybrid cider. We have tried this a few times and find that the hops are a nice background to the sweetness of the apples and rosé . The beverage feels unique yet balanced, perfect for a newcomer to cider or a true rosé fanatic. It also is marketed for its low calories (125 per can), low sugar (1gm sugar), and 6 carbs.
Blake’s Hard Cider Rosé
As you know Blake’s is a staple for us Midwesterners and they continue to innovate with flavors and designs. Their take on rose is no exception infusing cider with strawberries and rose hips. This delicious concoctions is a semi-sweet with some citrus-like acidity and a fresh, clean flavor. Coming in at 6.9% ABV, this rosé can be enjoyed year round and is definitely going to be a hit with anyone who drinks it in can or bottle. Blake’s even has recipes like the Rosé bouquet which is made with gin, cranberry juice, rosé cider, and lime juice. For more information on their cider and recipes, visit their website.