Friday Unwind – Zombie Killer Cider Mead

March 22, 2013 - Written by Diana

So, my husband is drawn to things that start with the name Zombie, like all kids his age.  Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser by B. Nectar Meadery is pretty darn tasty.  We bought this at the Bottle and Barrel in North Market when we were searching for some fun drinks to add to our hard cider list.

Zombie Killer - Cherry Cyser (Cookerati.com)

Zombie Killer – Cherry Cyser (Cookerati.com)

Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser

Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser Label

You have to admit, this bottle is attractive for a Zombie loving fool.  The ingredients: Michigan cherry juice, apple cider and star thistle honey – the taste – cherries, apples and honey. A nice crisp apple and cherry taste with a sweetness but not over the top too sweet and a light carbonation; you won’t be belching after drinking this.  Very little foam, pours out pinkish with an orange tinge and a cherry/ honey with (maybe a little floral) aroma. I’m not an automatic mead fan because I think many are way to sweet for me, but this was very good carbonated mead.

I will say that I think the bottle is amusing – my husband loved it.  The website for B. Nectar is pretty cool.  The label states that it contains sulphites if that is an issue for you.

Disclosure:  This bottle was bought and paid for by me.  We would definitely try it again.

This Weekend My Beer Of Choice Is Hard Cider

February 1, 2013 - Written by Diana

AO Crisp Apple 6 PackIs hard cider really an ale or beer?  No, probably not but it’s what I’m going with this weekend.  My husband and I have tried some hard ciders and are enjoying the crisp clean but fizzy apple taste of Angry Orchard varieties. Hard Cider is becoming more and more popular as the alcohol of choice at gatherings.  It’s not more popular than wine or beer but it’s making advances.  I can see it being used in braising liquids in place of beer or soda too.

AO Crisp Bottle-1

Hard Apple Ciders are growing in popularity and becoming easier to find. When I went to the Cincinnati Beerfest last year a friend who has to live a gluten free life was looking for beers or ales that worked, and the hard ciders were represented there.  Angry Orchards is located in Cincinnati, though it is part of the Samuel Adams Brand. All of the ciders are about 5.0 % ABV – lightly alcoholic, very tasty and perfect for a friendly gathering but be careful, it goes down too quickly.

I can see that hard cider would be great in recipes, or mixed drinks.  My husband likes it too, so it’s not just a chick drink.  This weekend Angry Orchard but just so you know, we’ve got some other hard ciders waiting in the wings.  We want to expand and we liked this one so much we’re going to try more of them.

Angry Orchards Hard Ciders were sent to me for a review.  The opinion expressed is my own honest assessment.


What I’m Drinking – Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

September 29, 2012 - Written by Diana
Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss

Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss

Today is National Beer Day but I’m not a beer drinker or at least not a regular beer drinker- and maybe that’s why Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss has become my summer drink on the deck with dinner.  I wanted something light, with a fruity-ish flavor and some alcoholic fizz and I want it when I walk in the door. Yeah!

Okay, maybe it’s not light in calories, but it is light in taste and not really sweet.  I’m a wine drinker, but my tastes are evolving.  In college we could only afford 3.2 beer, so that’s what I drank though I didn’t enjoy it much.  When I could afford wine, inexpensive but sweet wine was my choice.  Slowly I’ve been tasting and exploring adding new things here and there. I’ve moved from sweet, to more complex in my wine drinking and today  Berry Weiss my drink of choice on national beer day.

Leinenkugel also has Summer Shandy and a Lemon Berry, but the Berry Weiss is my favorite.  The berry flavor isn’t the artifical syrup taste you get in the iced teas, but more of a real berry flavor.  It has a nice foam on top when it’s poured out.  It still has a beer taste, but definitely a fruity beer.  If you are a beer lover, this may not be your thing, but if you are a wine drinker looking for a fruity beer, this one is pretty good – especially for a summer drink.  Only a few more weeks of sitting on the deck sipping something cool before the time change and we’re in the dark at dinnertime, so enjoy!