As I’ve been gluten-free since late 2014, I’ve had to stop drinking most types of beer. Instead, I’ve sampled a variety of other drinks. The easiest thing to buy in a bar or pub is cider, as most don’t stock gluten-free beer, which has meant I’ve also had a lot of cider given to me as gifts. I don’t drink at home very often, so today I thought I’d sample everything I’ve got to see what I do and don’t like. I’m blogging about it as otherwise I’ll forget what I thought of the drinks!
Anyway, here goes.
(NOTE: in case any of these aren’t gluten-free, I’ll add a disclaimer here. Check before you drink!)
First up: Chaplin & Cork’s Somerset Reserve Cider.
One thing I’ve learned about cider pretty quickly is that it’s strong. This one is 6.8%. If we ever go for a drink, don’t expect me to match pints of cider to your pints of beer – at least not without dire consequences (and an unhappy wife when I get home!).
This one tastes ok. I don’t love it, and I’m not sure what I’d make of a whole bottle – the sip I had was hard to judge. I might give this one another go.
It’s at this point I’d better point out that I’m not drinking every bottle – just tasting. Otherwise, I’ll be a mess!
Next up: Rekorderlig Premium Mango and Raspberry cider.
It’s very fruity, which might be hard to drink a bottle of. I think it’d work as a summer drink with some ice. I quite like this one.
Number 3 is another fruity drink. Devon Farmhouse Cider with Raspberry, available at M&S. Also 4%.
Drink 4: another M&S cider, this time it’s Devon Farmhouse Cider – Medium Dry. 4.5%. Looks and sounds more like wine!
Number five: Dark Matured Vintage Cider. Another from M&S.
It certainly tastes strong – and not nice, either. Definitely going to avoid that one in future.
I need something sweet to take the taste away of that last one. Let’s go for a Pear Cider from Weston’s Cider Mill. Another M&S cider, this one is still strong at 7.3%.
Let’s go for a well-known brand next: Thatcher’s Gold, which is 4.8%.
Nearly done. The next one is Kopparberg Pear, 4.5%.
And finally, it’s time for a Pimm’s Cider Cup, Mango & Passion Fruit flavour – 4%.
Now for a wildcard – a bottle we had sitting in the cupboard. A bottle of Caribbean Twist, flavoured with mango. Another 4%.
Well, that’s the drinks cupboard cleared, and means there are a few things we don’t need to take with us when we move house! Job done!