Jo Rees plunges a clutch of bottles into a barrel of iced water and lets Somerset’s doppelganger for Aperol Spritz get the party started
What is it?
A new cider from Thatchers that pairs the thirst-quenching power of Somerset cider with the juicy summertime notes of blood orange.
The apple squishers at Thatchers launched a Cloudy Lemon Cider in 2020 which was, understandably, a big hit during the weird and warm days of the first lockdown. Since then, they’ve been hunting for a suitable follow up and found the sweet spot in the form of on-trend blood orange.
This fruity new edition is a no-brainer for the upcoming barbecue season as its easy-to-drink style will fi nd fans among a wide variety of guests. Simply load a barrel with ice and water, drop in a clutch of bottles and leave them to chill. Then, as the hot afternoon bleeds into balmy evening, let the crowd help themselves.
The vibrant orange colour of this summertime slurp makes it a dead ringer for the aperitivo classic Aperol Spritz … and Irn-Bru.
At four per cent ABV, Thatchers Blood Orange Cider isn’t going to leave you swooning in the mid-afternoon heat, which is just as well as it’s pretty sweet and therefore extremely quaff able. Thatchers has picked aromatic apples that are naturally high in sugar – Braeburn, Fuji and Gala – so there are no artificial sweeteners involved. The resulting cider is infused with natural blood-orange flavour and finished with a blast of CO2 for a lightly sparkling buzz.
As it’s sweet enough to hold up to ice-cold servings, it would be pretty good turned into homemade cider lollies or frozen and shaved as a slushy – just make sure the kids don’t get their hands on it.
Available in 500ml bottles (RRP £2.30) and 4 x 440ml can packs (RRP £5.50).
Thatchers is big on sustainability: all its packaging is recyclable, and no plastic rings are used on the can packs. Bottles are made from recycled glass.
Recommend to a friend?
Not to dyed-in-the-wool cider drinkers: this is a very different beast to the ripe drink worshiped by hardcore fans. In fact, it’s so easy to knock back you don’t need to be a cider lover to find this a refreshing pour on a sticky summer’s day.