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Hawkes cider apple of my eye

Hawkes cider is the apple of my eye as their ciders are truly the best.

Cider is an alcoholic beverage which is made from fermented juice from apples. The addition of sugar or extra fruit before a second fermentation increases the ethanol content of the resulting beverage. In UK law, cider must contain at least 35% apple juice (fresh or from concentrate).

Cider is drank around the world but did you know that the UK has the world’s highest per capita consumption, as well as the largest cider producing companies?

Courtesy of Hawkes I was gifted their new Limited Edition Winter Spice Cider along with some of their other produced ciders and a Beanie Hat.


Simon Chief Hawker of Hawkes cider brings to London the first of it’s kind, pushing the boundaries of modern cider in a unique and challenging environment.

Their newly installed barrel aging facility and the ability to bottle and bag their ciders on site, allowing them to push new and exciting styles year round.

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SXOLLIE single varietal cider

I am a cider drinker and I could drink it all day, and even more so now after enjoying SXOLLIE ciders as they are so delicious. They produce three single varietal ciders which means they only use one type of apple per bottle. To me cider is better than beer as cider it is much lighter than beer. Beer is made from malted barley whilst cider is made from fermented apple juice making it less gassy and easier to drink.

On a PR basis I was kindly given their variety of cider to taste at home.


Founded in 2014 Laura & Karol lovers of cider set up and pioneered their own cider company. They wanted to make cider more than your first drink of summer but your first drink of the night and any time of year. 

They produce clean refreshing cider from apples we all know and love (Golden Delicious, Granny Smith & Cripps Pink) giving that taste of apples, not just the sugar as their ciders are single varietal ciders. SXOLLIE single varietal cider means only one type of apple is used per bottle.

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Ginger Beer yes please – Umbrella Brewing

Umbrella Brewing who makes Ginger Beer is a collaboration between The Umbrella Project (Alistair Tatton, Andy Kerr and Stephen Thompson), whom are the trio behind acclaimed East End bars Discount Suit Company and The Sun Tavern, and cocktail-expert / Master Brewer Matthew Armitage. Continue reading

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