Did your holidays include an extra-epic cookie binge? If so, you might have some designs to take it easy on the sugar this January. You’re in luck! January is all about zero-sugar cider, thanks to the American Cider Association‘s cheeky campaign, Dry Cider January. Riffing on the trendy concept of “Dry January,” this effort celebrates ciders that are truly dry, meaning they contain no residual sugar. Whether you always reach for dry ciders, or want to explore this category of cider in addition to your preference for off-dry or semi-sweet styles, it’s a fun campaign to participate in.
Lots of ciders have the word “Dry” on the cans, and not all include nutritional info to know if there are residual sugars. So, how can you be sure? The ACA has put together a helpful Dry Cidery Finder, a directory on its website that promotes the Association members’ dry ciders. The cideries are listed alphabetically, but there is a search tool that lets you put in your favorite cideries and see what comes up. Each listing includes the cider name, the cidery’s location, a list of states where the cider is usually available, and (when applicable) a link to buy that cidery’s products online!
The directory, which is quite extensive, exemplifies that there are so many styles to be found in the category of zero-sugar ciders. From wine-inspired cider, like Potter’s Craft’s Cider Noveau (a rosé-style cider fermented on Petit Verdot and Merlot grape skins) to elegant, restrained still ciders, like Black Diamond’s Solstice Still, to total wildcards, like Ploughman’s Wodwo (a cucumber cider!), there is a veritable rainbow of flavors to dig into.
Once you’ve stocked up on dry ciders, be sure to tag your Instagram or other social media posts with the hashtags #dryciderjanuary and #pickdrycider (you still ‘gram your ciders, right?). Be sure to follow the Association’s Instagram account to keep up with the campaign.
Cider makers: Want to get in on the Dry Cider January action? There is still time to add your products to the ACA’s directory! Fill out this form with a description of your cider and a photo to accompany it.
And, if you’re taking a truly dry January, some craft cideries also make sparkling apple juice, or rad other non-alcoholic products (we’ve got our eye on Wildcraft Cider’s Free Apple Tonic with CBD and lemon!). Be sure to keep supporting the industry however you’re able. Happy New Year!
- Feature photo: Dish Works