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Cider Heaven Drink Recipe

February 20th, 2011

by jonathan

Need a new cocktail for your next night on the town?  Why not mix two historic American beverages like cider and rum?  Cider and rum were both New World staples in the early days of America, and now they can be together again in a tumbler.

Cider Heaven

2 1/2 ounces Revolution Cider

1 ounce dark rum (or more to taste!)

ice

This will sure warm you up on a chilly winter night.  Please drink responsibly.

Rise Up, Minutemen!

February 14th, 2011

by jonathan

So you’ve heard about the Cider Revolution.  Maybe you’ve just been following us online.  Maybe you heard about us from a friend.  Maybe you’ve been with us from the beginning, trying early iterations of Revolution Cider.  However you got here, you’re here now.  And that means that you are a very important person to us.

The Cider Revolution is a movement dedicated to enjoying traditional, delicious cider.  We would like to count you among the Few and Proud of this revolution – the cider Minutemen, if you will.  As a member, you will be helping us get off the ground, and spread our kind of cider throughout Philadelphia and beyond.

We are just beginning to market Revolution Cider, and you are an integral part of the effort.  Please, let us know of bars and restaurants in your area the you think could use a good cider.  It will help us put our product into the hands of those who will enjoy it and appreciate it.  It will also allow you to be part of something big, fun, and historical.  It rocks.

So get in touch with us.  Use Facebook, Twitter, or email to contact us and give us your advice.  We want to hear from you, oh Minutemen, ready to defend the glorious cider cause at a moment’s notice!  Join the Cider Revolution!

Natural Carbonation

February 7th, 2011

by jonathan

We just finished bottling and priming our latest batch of cider, and boy does it look good!  Priming the bottles with fresh sugar – a practice which produces natural carbonation – is something that we think does wonders for the finished product.  It is the traditional method of producing carbonation in the bottle.

Long before CO2 tanks were available at gas supply centers, cidermakers primed casks and bottles filled with cider.  The extra sugar starts a secondary fermentation which greatly improves flavors.  It removes many tastes that are considered undesirable, and it smooths out harsher tastes into more mellow flavors.  And as a by product of this secondary fermentation, tiny carbonation bubbles are produced.  These bubbles are smaller than artificially carbonated ones, and they impart a more elegant flavor to the cider.  A fine layer of yeast then settles to the bottom of the bottle, signifying the end of this secondary fermentation.

So the next time you pop open a bottle of Revolution Cider, think about the history and traditions associated with the carbonation.  Carbonation is an important part of any sparkling cider, but ours is of a truly historic nature.

The Cidery – Where the Magic Happens

February 4th, 2011

by jonathan

Cider Crock Pot Chicken

February 3rd, 2011

by jonathan

One day I was going through my Crock Pot cookbook and I stumbled upon a Coq au Vin recipe.  I didn’t have any wine handy, but I did have a bottle of Revolution Cider, so I decided to edit the recipe a bit.  Here’s what I came up with; I hope you’ll be as pleased as I was.

1 Cut up chicken

2 Tbs olive oil

1 Onion, cut into rings

8 Ounces mushrooms, sliced

1/2 Cup dried basil

1/2 Cup dried oregano

Salt and Pepper, to taste

1 Bottle Revolution Cider

Take chicken and season with dried basil and oregano.  Place inside crock pot.  Add rings of onion and mushroom slices.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour bottle of Revolution Cider over chicken.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.  Serve with rice or couscous.