by Tom Lee
Every year the Zeigler’s apple cider being sold at the supermarket somehow gets worse. At this point I’m unsure how or why they’re doing it — we’re far beyond the “this is just apple juice” point and well into the heretofore-uncharted “chalky industrial effluent?” portion of the apple cider taste continuum.
Meanwhile, the selection of alternate ciders has been slowly contracting. The only other option I could find at the grocery store this weekend was “pomegranate cider”. Admittedly, I seem to be the only person who doesn’t like the distinct cran-tomato taste of pomegranate juice (I think pomegranate sauces are fine, and the vinegar can be pretty nice). But to me this alleged cider held no appeal.
I remain hopeful: it’s just the beginning of apple season. Maybe more options will arrive. But really, the indignities are piling up year after year. First it had to be pasteurized, then it had to be bad, now it has to be downright vile and there can be no alternatives. It’s terrible! I shouldn’t have to drive 45 minutes to satisfy this seasonal craving.
Anyway, more quality cider information is available here.