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Crispin Apple Cider

Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider

by Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
August 20, 2009

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Below is the original Baking Friday post.


Scroll down to enter a comment, and click “submit” after the preview appears on screen. Send us your answer by midnight tonight for the chance to win a sampler 6-pack of Crispin Hard Apple Cider (original, brut and light) and a Crispin glass. YOU MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ENTER THIS WEEK’S SWEEPSTAKES. Winners will be contacted via email. This Baking Friday is open to participants living in all 50 states in the U.S. (Baking Fridays take place on Thursdays during the summer months.)

There’s nothing better than a cold refreshing drink on a hot summer day. I recently tried Crispin Hard Apple Cider, which was so clean, crisp and dry that I had to share this perfect summer antidote with our readers.

This premium apple cider is natural-tasting and elegant. Pouring the cider into a glass, I was immediately hit by the fragrant apple bouquet. It smelled so sweet and aromatic! But once I tasted it, I realized that this is not a sweet and sticky apple cider, but a dry, crisp, sophisticated beverage. Pure apple juice fermented with classic red wine yeasts creates a full body taste.

There are three varieties of Crispin: original, brut and light, but the “hard” part in all three varieties totally escaped me as the alcohol contents are pretty low: 5% for original, 5.5% for brut, and 3.2% for light.

Crispin Hard Apple Cider (brut, original and light)

I have been enjoying drinking Crispin on ice, but it’s also perfect for cocktails, and their website offers food recipes as well.

Crispin is not yet available in New York, so you have the chance for an exclusive first taste of the product!


Comments (18)

Dan Dickinson

Aug 20, 07:42 AM

Not being much of a drinker, I can easily say that the only bar I’ve ever felt really comfortable in was Death & Co.


Aug 20, 07:43 AM

Number 7 in Fort Greene is in my neighborhood, low-key, but nicely decorated. I don’t get out that much, but it’s a cool place. Also liked my adventure to the Bubble Lounge downtown. :-)


Aug 20, 07:48 AM

Lea in the concourse of the Helmsley Building between Park Avenue and the Met Life Building, but avoid rush hour. A perfect convenient, pocket bar.

Pat Savoie

Aug 20, 07:54 AM

In the lazy Deleware River town of Lambertivlle, down an alley at the PorkYard, is The Boat House bar. Small, crowded, cozy, the bartenders can compete for the best martini and stir up a mean margarita.


Aug 20, 08:00 AM

I’ve got to say as of recently it would be Mayahuel because I’m a huge tequila drinker and it’s nice to find a place that is more adventurous than margaritas…!

Frances Ning

Aug 20, 08:10 AM

I’ll keep this drink in mind for the next happy hour. Looks delicious!


Aug 20, 08:23 AM

Sake bar Decibel.

Julia Ames

Aug 20, 08:58 AM

Nellie’s Washington DC. A Gay Sports Bar is the solution to all our problems!


Aug 20, 09:02 AM

Oh! I side with both Pat and Ana. I was at The Boat House bar for the first time 2 weekends ago, and I just fell for it. Must revisit again and linger for drinks inside the cozy bar. As for Mayahuel, I am a big fan. I wish it was my night office.


Aug 20, 09:03 AM

Craftbar’s cocktails are unique, handmade and well-balanced. Bartender Dave is experienced and hospitable. Now, if only they didn’t charge $14+ per drink!

Laurie D

Aug 20, 09:05 AM

Elettaria – great drinks and warm, soft space.


Aug 20, 09:17 AM

Hotel Delmano in Brooklyn and Dutch Kills in LIC are fun fun fun…


Aug 20, 09:42 AM

employee’s only has interesting drinks.

Katy Conway

Aug 20, 10:35 AM

For people watching and cocktails, the Four Seasons hotel lobby in NYC


Aug 20, 10:42 AM

Knickerbocker’s on University Place is a comfortable local joint with great food — a low key gem.


Aug 20, 04:53 PM



Aug 20, 11:41 PM

Cibar on Irving…


Aug 21, 05:57 AM

500 Club in SF. Where everybody knows your name.

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