Let’s Talk Cider

Cider is a fermented alcoholic drink made from the juice of apples or pears. Hard cider, as it’s called in the United States, is usually the non-alcoholic and unfiltered apple juice with a tarter taste than the alcoholic versions. The alcoholic content arises with adding extra fruit or sugar prior to a second fermentation.

Cider is extremely popular in the UK and in Europe and increasing in popularity in Australia. These days, Ciders come in many flavours in addition to the traditional apple and pear. Ciders can range from dry to sweet with colours varying from clear, often resembling sparkling wine to amber dark brown.


We deliver Apple Cider from the Sydney Brewery Co who created the cider to celebrate our vibrant city. The cider is made from crushed apples and fermented with champagne yeast. Then a light carbonation is added which gives a crisp, clean finish. Great to have on a balmy Sydney evening. Pork goes great with Apple Cider and here’s a tip: You can pour apple cider over your roasting pork or pork chops when cooking to give a lovely glaze and flavor.

Sydney Cider Sparkling Apple 4x330ml


The Hills Cider Company makes a great Pear Cider with 100% fresh Pears from the Adelaide Hills. Described as clean with spicy notes, crisp fruit with real fruit Pear complexities and a drying finish. Pear cider is a perfect match with grilled prawns on the bbq and great for poaching pears.

The Hills Cider Company - Pear 6x330ml

Poached Pears

  • 6 cloves
  • 1 small bottle Pear Cider (you may use apple cider)
  • I large orange
  • ½ tsp vanilla (pure vanilla extract is best)
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 2 pears: peeled , halved and cored
  • Yogurt & any almond or sunflower seeds to serve

In a pan combine the cloves, cider, the juice of the orange, vanilla, allspice and 1 tsp finely chopped orange zest (more if desired). Bring to the boil, turn down and carefully place pears. Cover and simmer 40 minutes turning and keeping a careful eye that the liquid does not turn into syrup and burn.

Pears should be tender by 40 minutes, if not continue to cook slowly until tender. Remove pears and with lid off the pan reduce the liquid to make a sticky syrup. Serve the pears with yogurt and topped with almonds, or sunflower seeds or even a little brown sugar.

Poached Pears in Cider

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