MULLED CIDER & WASSAIL/ Sidra caliente y “Wassail”

Mulled cider is a hot punch made from apples and spices which has been drunk during the winter festivities at least as long as mulled wine and it is perhaps the descendant of a much older drink called wassail made from roasted apples and warm mead. Over the centuries, the word wassail has also meant a…

EDIBLE CIDER/ Sidra para comer

Nowadays, there are many ways to enjoy cider, not only by drinking it. It is obviously not the same, but loads of products are offered to please the sweet-toothed people’s palate. Villa Melba, Aramburu, Don Ramiro and La Fabariega, which uses cider from Los Gemelos cidermill, offer their artisan apple and natural cider jelly. Cider…

A WORLD OF CIDER/ Un mundo de sidra

Cider is a beverage made all over the world and from many different ingredients that provide for a range of flavours and styles; from tart and dry to sweet and rich, clear or cloudy, still or fizzy. Apart from the amazing varieties found in Asturian cider, different countries offer different cider drinking experiences. While English…

CIDER BETWEEN TWO SPRINGS/ Sidra entre dos primaveras

The cycle of our most typical drink takes place during the months between two springs. Once the pumares (apple trees) blossom, the process culminating with the tasting in the llagar (cider press-house) or chigre (cider bar) starts. Before pouring a culín (glass of cider), the following must happen: PICKING: Pañar the apples. The picking season…

ASTURIAN CIDER APPLES/ Manzanas de sidra asturiana

Not all kinds of apples are suitable to make cider, as a good one should be a little bit sweet, but sharp and bitter as well. There is plenty of apple varieties which provide high levels of sugar and, hence, sweetness; but they also boost alcoholic content. In contrast, we have acidic and bitter apples…