Introducing the best fruit cider brands the UK has to offer. But first, what is cider?
Before we take you through our selection of the best fruit cider brands the UK has to offer, we thought we’d give you the low-down on what cider actually is and why us Brits love it so much. To put it simply, cider is an alcoholic drink that is usually made from fermented apple juice. But it is so much more than that!
Cider is a unique beverage because it is made like a wine, but mostly served and thought of like beer. What makes it really special is that it is as versatile as both of these drinks. There are many styles of cider and lots of different flavours to be found in it.
If you’d like to know more about the art and science behind cider, we suggest heading over to The Ciderologist for all the information you’ll need!
Why is British cider so great?
There is a rich tradition of cider-making in the UK that goes back as far as the Celts in 3000 BCE. But we’ve come a long way since then! Nowadays, cider is taken just as seriously – we drink the most cider of any country in the world, and you can even register as an accredited Pommelier (a cider sommelier)!
The National Association of Cider Makers estimates that there are over 480 active cider makers in the UK today. Because of our great tradition of cider making, and this wealth of choice, it can be difficult to know which ciders are worth a try. But that’s where we can help out!
What sets fruit ciders apart?
But ciders aren’t just made with apples – they can also be made with other fruits, too! These can include fruits such as berries, peaches and pears. We love how these other fruits can elevate the apple flavour to something new! These are particularly fresh and delicious for the summer.
Who are the best fruit cider brands?
We think that these four British cider makers make some of the most incredible ciders that you can purchase today:
Some of the UK’s best fruit cider brands come from the heart of the South West, and Dorset Nectar Cider Co is no exception! This award-winning cider brand knows everything there is to know about all things cider. All of the apples used in their ciders are grown in their organic orchard, where everything is sustainably managed.
And you can taste the love and care that they put into their apples and cider. They have an array of ciders that are infused with other fruits including elderflower, raspberry, damson plum and ginger. We particularly love their Hunnybubble cider, which is smooth, bubbly and infused with a twist of honey.
Sun-ripened organic apples, a long history of cider making, and a dash of innovation – it’s a match made in heaven!
All of their ciders are certified organic and are sulphite-free.
Harry’s Cider is an award-winning artisan cidery crafted by cidermakers Harry and Toby on their family farm in Somerset.
All of their ciders are full of character and flavour! Their award-winning apple ciders are mellow and sweet. And you can also choose between different fruit ciders including tart rhubarb, tropical mango and lime, and juicy raspberry and blackcurrant. They really are fabulous!
We love how Harry’s Cider celebrates the rich heritage of growing apples and making cider. It’s a quintessential taste of Britain!
This particular cider brand is all about keeping their cider as natural as possible, and you can taste it! Nightingale’s ciders and perries are made from local fruit varieties that are grown on their family farm (which they’ve had since 1948!) Using wild fermentation techniques, every bottle is carefully crafted to show off the unique flavours of their local fruits.
We adore all of their ciders (the ‘Discovery Cider’ is a particular favourite), but their ‘Kentish Perry’ also has to be tasted to be believed. Made with local Kentish dessert pears and Bramley apples, their floral and delicate perry is everything you could ever ask for.
Nightingale really is the epitome of high-quality craft cider, as it bridges tradition and innovation to make truly exciting drinks for modern-day cider lovers.
All of their ciders and perries are made from 100% fruit juice, and are vegan and gluten-free.
Finally, when writing about the best fruit cider brands we have to talk about Kentish Pip. They’re a small team with a big ambition – to challenge what you know about cider, and reignite your love for it.
We really love how they showcase the delightful range of what cider can be. Their ‘Forager’ cider is made with juicy autumnal berries and crisp Kentish apples. Not overly sweet and with rich berry notes, this cider really is a hidden gem!
Through their ciders, they really do tell the story of British heritage and culture…and hint at what is yet to come.