I often buy cans of alcoholic beverages based on the can art. I’m not ashamed. It’s led me down some pretty cool rabbit holes. So when I saw this can with a foxy Robin Hood-nik balancing an arrow-ed apple on his head? I had to try it. Glad I did.
This cider is light, crisp and extremely drinkable. I had my first sip right out of the can, then poured it into a glass and tried it, and then plopped an ice cube in because I am an animal. And each sip was delightful. I’d recommend doing the ice-cold thing this summer, as with the heat waves hitting hard and fast it’s nice to have something super-chilled to fall back on.
With a nectar and honey nose and no real head beyond your typical kombucha, this cider settles down and wants to get to work pleasing you. Lots of lovely fizz to tickle your tongue, without a carbonation explosion. I like to enjoy my ciders without having to wait for an overabundance of CO2 to die down, and Crafty is here for me. It walks a fine line between sweet and dry; think of a much less syrupy version of the non-alcoholic Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider in terms of the apple-punch this cider packs. Once you’ve finished your sip-n-swallow, there’s a clean taste left behind that begs you to take another taste. Well, okay then.
Try it with anything you’re noshing on this summer; grilled fruits and veg would go especially well, as would anything nicely spiced, like a chorizo platter or even some of that vegan jerky I tried a minute ago. This cider is lovely for balancing spicy flavors without hogging the spotlight. Or just pour one for yourself and put yourself into the nearest hammock. If, like me, you don’t have a hammock handy, a cozy deck chair will definitely do.