Austin Eastciders goes citrus with newest flavor

The cider boom is bringing lots of activity to the Central Texas distillery scene, and one of the fastest growing brands has just added its fifth flavor to the line, as well as a new variety pack.

Blood orange is the latest flavor from Austin Eastciders.

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Blood orange is the latest flavor from Austin Eastciders, the cidery that started in East Austin in 2013 and now has 56 employees working out of an expanded facility they opened in Southeast Austin last year.

(Orange seems to be the flavor of the season for our local brewers. Deep Eddy just announced its new orange vodka.)

The orange flavor is the fifth in a line that also includes pineapple, Texas honey, original and a slightly hopped version. Starting next month, Austin Eastciders will sell a variety 12-pack with the first four flavors.

Austin Eastciders is now selling a variety pack with four of its five flavors. Contributed by Austin Eastciders

The cider is sold in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston, as well as at Costco, H-E-B and Whole Foods Markets in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Virginia.

From a release:
Blood Orange is a zesty, dry cider crafted with bright red Sicilian blood oranges, heirloom bittersweet apples and American dessert apples. The Sicilian blood orange has a distinct, sweet flavor with light flavors of raspberry and grapefruit, which results in the cider being medium bodied and crisp with a hint of tangy citrus. The mouth-watering blood orange flavor is slightly more pronounced than a standard orange, but not so intense as to overwhelm the apple-forward flavor profile. The tangy citrus adds a unique complexity to the effervescent cider and will delight cider drinkers, beer fans and wine enthusiasts alike.
 The new cider has a 5 percent ABV, and they are also selling it as a good base for cocktails where you need something sweet and bubbly but not as boozy as a sparkling wine.

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