I consider myself to be very lucky to live in Bristol. Bristol is a wonderful city and is known for many aspects. It is known as the “birthplace of America” as it was the start point for the journey of discovery in which John Cabot reached mainland America. It has been a wealthy trading port since the Roman era. And it is the only UK city that won the title “European Green Capital” in 2015, as a reward for its efforts in improving environment.
Today, Bristol is a multicultural university city having two universities, and has been named as the best city in Britain to live in by The Sunday Times in 2017
Moreover, Bristol is a real foodie city, as it is known for its creative street eats and fine dining scene.
Bristol is also known for its locally produced ciders. People in Bristol gather day and night to enjoy ciders as they are served almost in every pub or bar in Bristol. And so do I, when I go out with my friends for after-work-drinks or during the weekends, I often get a cider. I enjoy trying new flavours, I think that I’ve tried more than 30 types of ciders so far. As I like the sweet ciders better, my favourite cider is definitely Thatchers Haze. I love its sweet flavour that comes from Jonagold apples.
I also really enjoy pairing my Cider with good food. I think that cider goes very well with food, if correct pairing is chosen.
As I am half Russian, I tend to cook lots of Russian dishes, be it starters, soups or main dishes. When I have friends and family visiting me, most of the times the table would include a couple of Russian dishes. My favourite ones and the must haves for any gathering in my place are: the Russian Olivier Salad (or as called in Russian “Stolichny Salad” and the Russian Vinegret Salad. These salads are filling, delicious and include a variety of healthy ingredients. Instead of pairing them with Russian traditional vodka, I like to have it with cider better. As salads are savoury and a bit acidic, Thatchers Katy Cider goes very well with these salads. And to make the salad taste even better, instead of adding white vinegar to the Vinegret Salad, I substitute it with the same amount of Thatchers Katy. The result is amazing!
Thatchers is one of UK’s best-loved ciders, for more than a hundred years the Thatcher family has been quietly perfecting the magic that turns apples into cider. Cider can be enjoyed at almost any time of the day, whether it’s enjoyed with a meal or on its own when you’re chilling with your friends. On the Thatchers website, Susy Atkins has put together a beautiful guide to pairing cider with food. To find out more about what she came up with, follow this link. It is also important to mention that all Thatchers ciders are vegan and gluten free.
I can’t say that I’m an expert in pairing cider with food, but here is a list of my favourite Thatchers ciders and how I pair them with food.
Thatchers Gold (4.8% ABV)
Because this cider is dry but refreshing and sparkling, it is great at cutting through rich foods as well as spiced and aromatic foods, so I would suggest pairing Thatchers Gold with hot curries, or spicy Mexican food. But it also goes very well with almost anything, so it would be great with the good old fish and chips, burgers or even pizzas.
Thatchers Haze (4.5% ABV)
– Bursting with apple flavour
– Low carbonation
Thatchers Haze is known for its sweetness, which means that it will easily carry strong aromatics and a little chilli heat. So why not have it with roasts, or barbecue meats and flavours. Since it’s so sweet and refreshing, it goes very well with summer foods, salads, and even cheeses. I baked with this cider so many times, and the bakes always turn out extremely delicious.
Thatchers Katy (7.4% ABV)
– Dry and fragrant
– Soft sparkling
Because this cider is quite fruity, it’s perfectly paired with delicate savoury dishes with hints of citrus and chilli. Also great with seafood dishes and pasta. My favourite pairing with this cider is grilled salmon served with creamy fettuccini Alfredo pasta. Or as I mentioned above, with Russian Olivier salad or Vinegret Salad.
Thatchers Vintage (7.4% ABV)
– Medium dry
– Soft sparkling
This cider is aged in oak vats to create a traditional medium dry cider. I would match it with savoury meaty dishes, for example lamb kebabs or beef steak with creamy mushroom sauce. It’s also ideal with spiced chutneys.
Adding Thatchers Ciders to my table guarantees having a good time with my invitees and enjoying the food till the last bite. What are your suggestions for pairing cider with your favourite dishes?
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