Cider For Thanksgiving – Entrée

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and as travel plans are being made, so are preparations for making dinner for the big day. It would be an understatement to say we love cider here at Urban Tree, drinking or otherwise. Whenever I cook a big dinner, I try to include cider in the recipe if I can or at least find a cider to pair with the meal itself. In a typical Thanksgiving meal, the dishes tend to lean towards the salty and savory so we suggest pairing dishes like that with drier style ciders.

Our Original Cider complements a rich dinner by bringing out tart flavors to add a subtle sweetness rounding out every bite. We make this particular cider with white wine yeast so it mimics some of the flavors of white wine while tasting like something completely different. Our Red Rum cider was practically made for Thanksgiving. Using Georgia honey and cranberry juice, this tart cider uses classic fall flavors for a fruity aroma and a semi sweet sip that will want to keep you in a fall mood.

To try these ciders or to purchase them before Thanksgiving, visit us Wednesday night for extended Thanksgiving Eve hours and take home a growler for dinner the next day.

Cider For Thanksgiving – Appetizers

This time of the year when you grab a drink, we believe cider is the perfect go-to beverage for the season. Plus, because cider is made from apples, it pairs with a variety of dishes and is a great substitute for wine when used for cooking.

We’ll be sharing a recipe from Figs & Honey Catering that incorporates our cider as well as a few pairing choices for hors d’oeuvres.

The dish they’ve created uses our Classic Cider in a sauce with spicy meatballs. After the meatballs have cooked, you can add cider to enhance the spices and create a light gravy. This method can be used with other meals as well. Deglazing a pan with cider is easy and adds different flavors depending on what you’re serving.

 

A question we get a lot in our tasting room is what food pairs well with cider and we think the easiest (and most delicious) way is to pair it with cheese. For the sake of great food and drink, we took it upon ourselves to sample and rate a few cheeses to come up with a few suggestions. And remember, always pull your cheese out of the refrigerator at least an hour and a half before serving to bring out the flavor.

For our Classic Cider, gouda cheese was our choice because the flavor of salty sweetness in the cheese was brought out by the semi-sweet cider. Fresh basil also matches the sweetness with hints of anise or a savory pepper flavor.

Our Original Cider is dry and notes of tannins so we chose brie cheese because the crisp cider is balanced by the rich creaminess of the brie. Spreading the cheese on a cracker accompanied by a few pear slices adds some juiciness in between sips.

In a unanimous decision, our Rum Barrel Aged Cider was matched with blue cheese. The tang taste and buttery texture of the cheese balances the robust rum notes in the cider all while mixing with apple and oak flavors to create a complex bite every time.

Try these out this Thanksgiving  and remember to #PickCider this holiday season.

Also, remember for the whole month of November, we’re offering free shipping in Georgia when you buy a case!

Making our Sweet Heat cider

One of our fan favorite ciders at Urban Tree is an infusion of ginger and habanero called Sweet Heat, but what actually goes into making this spicy creation?

It started with an idea from our head cidermakers Tim and Jackie to create a uniquely spicy cider that wasn’t overpowering but had a well­ rounded and complex flavor we could enjoy every day.

First we hand-­cut local habanero peppers and grate fresh ginger. They are separately infused and aged to perfection. Once matured, we blend them with one of our select cider bases made from a variety of unique apples to create the perfect blend of flavors, textures and aromas.

Next we lightly filter through a customized filtration system. This is done separately from any of our other ciders and the result is a drink with a full bodied finish. Finally, Sweet Heat is transferred to small batch kegs to be carbonated, soon it’s ready to tap and enjoy.

My favorite part about Sweet Heat is the cloudiness and weight that the cider has which makes for a great drinking experience. The zing from the ginger and bite from the habanero pair with each other so well, it’s hard to drink only one!

June Events

Happy Summer to everyone out there!
Here’s a list of a few awesome events and happenings going on this month!

Food Trucks Aplenty!

We’re open Friday the 17th AND Cattywampus is back! We’re open from 6-10pm.
Buena Gente is coming back as well to bring their Cuban delights to Urban Tree on the 18th.
Tex’s Tacos made a huge (and tasty) impression on us and we’re happy to bring them back on the 25th!

Events!

Cornhole starts on the 22nd and is every Wednesday so be sure to sign up before the deadline.
Our second yoga event is the 28th, tickets are on sale now, check out our event and high lunge over here!
Of course, every Thursday is Growler Night for 15% off growler purchases or fill-ups.

Food Pairings – Cheese

This week we delve into how well cider pairs with food. Just like wine, cider has many flavor palettes that can complement food like cheeses or meats. We’ll go through three of our ciders today and discover how they pair with cheese.

Our Classic Cider is bright and clear with a semi-sweet bouquet. I’m pairing it with a Caramel Washed Gouda cheese that, when combined with the cider, brings out a flavor of salty sweetness in the cheese. Fresh basil also matches the sweetness with hints of anise or a savory pepper flavor.

Next, our Original Cider is dry and has notes of tannins and has a subtle tartness. Triple Crème Brie cheese complements the cider by balancing the crisp dryness with the rich creaminess of the brie. Spreading the cheese on a cracker accompanied by a few pear slices adds some juiciness in between sips.

The last cider we’ve paired is our Rum Barrel Aged which we’ve matched with Cashel Blue cheese. The tang taste and buttery texture of the cheese balances the robust rum notes in the cider all while mixing with apple and oak flavors to create a complex bite every time.

All this is an example of what you could expect by booking an event in our Barrel Room for smaller parties. There, you can sip cider while being given a private tour by one of our cidermakers, and if you choose, nibble on cheese plates or hand-picked charcuterie. Check the link or email jackie@urbantreecidery.com for more information.