One of our recent favorite cocktails is the D-Day Swizzle. The most prominent flavor player is the cider so that is where our exploration begins. At least in the beginning, I intend to limit our scope to Vermont-produced cider. Delightfully, that gives us plenty of high-quality options to choose from. First up...
Lo-Ball 16 oz. "Tall Boy" vs. Woodchuck Rosé
Woodchuck Cider, based in Middlebury, is the granddaddy of Vermont's mass-marketed cider industry, in operation since 1991. The Rosé incorporates purple carrots for color. The Lo-Ball "Tall Boy" is a collaboration between Shacksbury, a cidery based in Vergennes, and WhistlePig, a whiskey distillery in Shoreham. It's advertised as a "barrel-aged highball cider."
First we tried the ciders on their own...
Neither was especially appley. The Tall Boy was drier. I was hoping for more whiskey hints from the barrels but they weren't there. The Rosé had more of a cherry flavor.
Winner and Current Champion, Sipping Cider Category: Woodchuck Rosé
In the cocktail, however, it was a different story. We both preferred the Tall Boy. With less sugar, the other ingredients featured better.
Winner and Current Champion, Swizzle Mixer Category: Lo-Ball 16 oz. "Tall Boy"