A cider/cocktail tasting of our own at Restaurant Zoe in Seattle!
I had the pleasure of working in Seattle this last week on projects for my Aunt and her husband's wonderful micro hard cider company, Tieton Cider Works. They've been producing cider now for over four years and their timing couldn't have been more perfect.
The world of artisan hard cider has grown exponentially during the past five years in the United States, becoming the fastest growing segment of the alcoholic beverage market, with an astounding 65% growth rate this year alone. Simply amazing.
The other terrific fact, especially if you are a Celiac, is that hard cider is taking the beverage industry by storm, not to mention, offering those with Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance another delicious and gluten-free beverage to add to our “safe to drink” list. I'm personally very happy to make room on my "favorites list" for this timely and delicious beverage!
The photo above is a great example of hard cider's variety and ease of compatibility as the perfect base for cocktails, as well! The beautiful beverage in the martini glass was mine! I don't get to drink martinis given that Vodka (unless 100% potato) is on the big no-no list for a Celiac given that it's a pure grain alcohol. Our bartender, understanding the limitations of gluten-free cocktails, created a wonderful concoction using Chateau Pellehaut Armagnac Brandy, simple syrup, Tieton Cider's Wild Washington Apple Cider and a peel of lemon. It was smooth and just the perfect flavor combination given that the cider nicely tempered the brandy making it wonderfully drinkable...too drinkable!
On a side note - it's definitely worth mentioning to any and all Celiacs visiting Seattle or to you local residents, Restaurant Zoe is a safe-haven for those of us GF eaters. I was very impressed with every one of their servers and staff. All were so patient through my triple-checking of every item that I bit into and were very informed about the proper protocol for eating safely and gluten-free in a restaurant. From start to finish they didn't miss a step and the food was fabulous - really. Eat at Restaurant Zoe and of course, inform the staff of your very specific dietary needs, but trust that they do "get it!"
On to the fun stuff...for anyone who wants to taste and enjoy Tieton Cider Works varieties definitely keep reading. All the information you need to fulfill your holiday wish list, for even the pickiest relative is right here - and of course, what better gift for a gluten-free friend or family member (or yourself) than cider?! Remember to have plenty of cider on hand to share with friends, take to parties and serve with all of your holiday meals. And since we've abundantly established that cider is now the new food friendly beverage, order up!
TSW has made it so easy for your shopping this year. You can mix their 750ml bottles, order a sample box of the 500ml bottles, try the new port style cider or ice cider,
and join their cider club!
HOLIDAY OFFERINGS & GIFT IDEAS
This is the new line up of all Ten of TSW's Products.
Cider makes the perfect gift for everyone on your personal or business list. Click here to purchase Tieton Cider Works Cider! You'll see that they have selected products to work together, and they give you the flexibility to make your own selections. Gift wrapping and your personalized message are included.
Be among the first to taste new releases and special offerings including any Small Batch Releases for Members only. TSW Cider Club is on the website, and makes
a terrific gift for the cider lover in your family! It truly is the gift that keeps coming, with four different shipments throughout the year.
The December shipment includes one bottle of Tieton Frost and one bottle of Tieton Wind.
Click here to learn more and join the Cider Club!
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!