We are very excited to have been invited to bring two ciders to the New Zealand Cider Festival in Nelson on Saturday 16 November 2019.
We’ve attended all of the past NZ Cider Festivals so to be participating this year is thrilling. We had been playing around with a few recipes and it was just a matter of choosing two that made sense for this event.
As apple brandy makers, we are mad keen about apple based
cocktails, so we began exploring the ways to make spritzy fun cocktails with
apple as the base. If a spritz is traditionally an herbal liqueur (amaro) with
prosecco and a bit of soda water, can we substitute cider for the bubbles? Or
even better, can you make a cider that seems
like bubbles with liqueur? Can you make distinctly local ciders inspired by both
light bright Venetian spritzes and the darker complex amari spritzes?
The New Zealand Cider Festival gave us an excuse to keg up
two of the delicious results. These herbal ciders, made by infusing premium
cider with our own bespoke all natural herbal blends, will take you on an
adventure you just might not expect from cider!
Bright – Citrus – Fun
Exceptional apple cider made from local tree-ripened fruit, infused
with our proprietary bright herbal blend packed with 9 traditional herbs, including
lots of fresh zest, hibiscus and rhubarb. Sparkles with a sunny afternoon vibe.
Dark – Rich – Complex
Premium cider from tree-ripened Moutere apples, oak aged with our own dark herbal blend full of 15 exotic herbs and spices including chocolate, artichoke leaf and warm spices. Evokes a mysterious speakeasy feel.
We’re launching our first project: Rough Hands Brewing
Drinking great beer is fun and for us making great beer is even more fun. At Rough Hands Brewing, we love the hard graft of making interesting, complex beers that we just can’t buy anywhere else. We have no interest in finding the simplest recipe, using the easiest yeast, running a push-button-beer-factory. We prefer to pile layer on layer of malt, to wring subtle depths from multiple hoppings, to tame ill-behaved yeasts by spirit barrel aging. So let us do the hard work and you can marvel at the result.
We’ll be revealing our first beer very soon, so check back…