In light of the recent presidential race, we wanted to review Citizen Cider’s Dirty Mayor. But, unlike many political figures, this is a product we can get behind.

Lets start off by saying that this cider is very different and is uniquely modern.  This comes from the infusion of two very popular items, ginger and lemon peel, that deeply flavor the cider.  It is a traditional amber lightly-carbonated cider with a champagne smell to start.  Quickly in the aroma, this cider takes a different direction, barking with a distinct amount of ginger.  Once you get a taste, the ginger scent mellows into a bright, sweet lemon flavor with a clean, dropping finish of ginger and apple.  To say it is an over-abundance of freshness is a honest compliment to the product.

For a cider that has this much freshness & sweetness to it, you would expect some form of back-sweetening. Well, they had you fooled. The major shift in how Citizen Cider makes the Dirty Mayor is the elimination of back-sweetened sugar.  This is accomplished by Citizen’s stop-fermentation process that leaves the natural sugar to sweeten the cider. Say goodbye to those pesky back-sweetened sugars.  This means you are getting the more natural, clean sweetness on the tongue with a pop of lemon and ginger.  If I had to relate the taste to anything, it reminds me of lemon fruit rollups that we ate when we were kids… and that may be the richest of  compliments we can pay here at CiderScene! So, for fans of a unique blend of sweet and peppery ginger you will enjoy this a Dirty Mayor. We are supporting the corruption of our tastebuds!

More curious about the name? Here is where it comes from, according to Citizen’s:  We offer this cider to the honorable and fully infamous mayor of the only non-town in America, Fort Ethan Allen, USA. The mayor likes his cider with a ginger nip, so in our current effort to ensure local harmony and diplomacy we offer this cider up to the mayor and his fellow citizens.

Quick notes:

No added sugar, never from concentrate.

Juice pressed at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, VT

Pairings: Fried chicken, Thai cuisine, pan-seared seabass, vegetable Phó