Virginia Winesap and Albemarle Pippin Apples
Jupiter’s Legacy from Albemarle CiderWorks
Handmade from Foggy Ridge Cider
Fried Chicken from BrookVille Restaurant
Cider cocktails at Hamilton's at First & Main
Hamilton's at First & Main in Charlottesville seems to share my love for combining cider and bitters with their Apples and Oranges cocktail. Bone dry Albemarle Ciderworks Royal Pippon is poured over a brown sugar cube sprinkled with Fee Brothers orange bitters. The whole drink gets the slightest dose of Blanton's bourbon for just a hint of flavor. I'll definitely be trying this one out on family and friends over the holidays.
The North South Cider Smackdown
The winning cider, Foggy Ridge First Fruit, reaffirmed Virginia's importance in the American cider revival. And while I feel proud that the North held strong taking both second and third place, I have already vowed to return next year with a new batch of ciders, ready for a rematch!