But real hard cider, the Slate article said, shouldn't taste like apple juice any more than wine tastes like grape juice. Good hard ciders tend to be dry and complex. While they're easily available in England, this sort of hard cider is much harder to find here. Perhaps it's about the enjoy a renaissance, though — we certainly hope so!
The cider pictured above is a French cider that we enjoyed a lot; it was still a little sweet for us, but it was refreshing and food-friendly, with a sour note too. We've also tried an English cider called Aspall, which was excellent.
Do you drink hard cider? What are your favorite sorts?
(Image: Faith Durand)