My drink of choice has been rum for a very long time. Ever since I arrived in Barbados and was given a Mount Gay Rum and fresh grapefruit I was smitten. Don’t get me wrong I would never decline a nice red wine but if, on the odd occasion, I am out, it has to be golden rum. Happy if it is with grapefruit or fresh lime and soda or my new discovery of Rhubarb Rum by Scots Cheer (If you have not tried this last wonder, you must…. stunning on ice www.scotscheer.co.uk).
On a recent trip to The Bridge Inn in Ratho on a scorching summer day, I was telling my friend that I had loved the Cider on a our Cornwall holiday as it was a lot drier than the ones I had drank before. (I opened the conversation at that point to explain about a drink I tried once at Uni called a Blastaway. This delightful concoction is mixture of Diamond White and Castaway……trying it once was enough). He suggested that I try Aspall Cyder (www.aspall.co.uk) as he thought I would like it. As soon as he described it as being Champagne like my ears pricked up. My pint arrived and it was very refreshing, not sweet in flavour and incredibly moreish. This was two weeks ago and I have now found my drink of the summer/winter/all year as alternative to my beloved Mount Gay Rum.
Since that first trip I have managed to arrange several catch ups at The Bridge Inn…… so I can spread the word of my discovery over to my friends. I have also discovered it in the supermarket and came home from Sainsburys with Aspall Dry Premier Cru Suffolk Cyder, Aspall Crisp Draught Suffolk Cyder and Aspall Classic Organic Suffolk Cyder. My train of thought immediately went to…hmm, Fifi Friendly blog covers organic produce, one of the cyders is organic….. yeah I can buy some purely to discuss on my blog…. result.
Aspall have been making their cyder since 1728….. they are clearly doing a lot right. Now in their 8th generation of making Aspall Cyder they still hold true to the original philosophy. The blend of apples they use in their cyder makes them stand out. Whether you are looking for a strong and robust cyder to a clean crisp or light cyder they are all superb. The Classic Organic Suffolk Cyder is quite full in flavour and good with food or by itself. All very refreshing.
This weekend I took one of my best friends to have her first Aspall Cyder at The Bridge Inn. One goblet led to a couple more and she left saying that this is what her Sunday’s have been missing. Go forth and enjoy one of range from Aspall….. or try all of them … just to compare.