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!

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