Move over PSL.
When you hear the word “fall drink,” you probably think of the Pumpkin Spice Latte in all of its pumpkin pie filling, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg glory. But after 13 years in the spotlight, isn’t it time to let another drink have a turn? Well, 2017 is offering a strong contender: the oh-so-drinkable Cider Spritz.
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Created by Shacksbury, a cider brewery in Vergennes, Vermont, these canned beverages are designed for casual drinking. Unlike the sugar-laden hard ciders you’re used to, these are remarkably light and perfect for tailgating: with only between three and five grams of sugar in each 12 ounce can. They’re inspired by this summer’s favorite drink and Italy’s favorite aperitif—the spritz. Usually the cocktails are made with prosecco or champagne with a generous splash of a bitter liqueur, topped off with sparkling water. However, the cider spritzes are also influenced by session beers and low ABV cocktails, replacing the sparkling wine with apple cider made from Vermont McIntosh, Empire, Cortland, Red Delicious, and Macoun apples and feature a locally-made citrus elixir instead of a splash of Aperol or Campari. Right now the cans come in a citrus spritz flavor, which features a rose petal and grapefruit elixir. This fall, Shacksbury will release a ginger-inspired spritz.
Want to try them yourself? They’re available at different retailers in 23 different states plus Washington, D.C.—you can use the brewery’s locator to see which shops and bars sell it around you. The drinks are also available to order online on Shacksbury’s website—you can order a 12-pack of cans for $45 (shipping’s included!)