Cider was once a staple of the early American diet. New laws promoting craft beverages is creating a cider renaissance in New York State, the second largest producers of apples in the United States.
On the north fork long island wine country, a couple of wineries bottle cider and a couple of cider houses opened showcasing cider made from local and New York State apples.
Lieb Cellars 13050 Oregon Road, Cutchogue. The tasting room is in a converted barn.
Rumor Mill sparkling cider: Made from east end apples, yellow with tints with green apples and mowed grass on the nose.
Woodside Orchard 729 Main Road, Aquebogue. Not only do they make hard cider but pies and doughnuts as well.
Traditional Cider: Pale yellow, fizzy when poured with greenish tints, crisp off dry with tart apple and ginger notes.
Riverhead Cider House 2711 Sound Avenue Calverton. New place that opened recently. On a slow superbowl Sunday they had a good crowd. Large room with entertainment and a deli. Large selection of local beer and cider.
Prickly Pear Rosé Cider: I asked for the driest cider and this is what they poured me, amber in color, cotton candy on the nose, off dry with cherry candy notes on the fruit.