When you think of cherries, your mind most likely goes to the bright red stemmed fruit that sits on top of an ice cream sundae. This delicious stone fruit is also a classic ingredient in many baked goods and cocktails.
Cherries add a fun pop of color to any recipe and can range in sweet and tart flavors depending on the variety. If you enjoy sipping on something that is nice and light but full of flavor, Cherry Tea Cider is a perfect choice. This cider is low in alcohol content, so you can enjoy a few glasses without it quickly catching up to you. There’s nothing wrong with a little day drinking, so overindulge if you want to! To make this cider, you’ll need cherry juice, black tea, sugar, and premier rouge yeast.
Cherry season only lasts for a short portion of the summer, so we recommend purchasing cherry juice which you can find year round. Be sure to choose a juice that has a flavor you enjoy since your end result will be strongly affected by the initial flavor. Adding black tea to this cider will balance out the sweetness so that it’s not overbearing. Any brand of black tea will work for this recipe. After steeping your tea, make sure that it has cooled down to room temperature before creating your cider.
Use the Alchema app to follow along with quick and effortless step-by-step instructions for making your cider. The app will do all of the measurings for you and tell you exactly how much of each ingredient you’ve added as you go. The fermentation time for this recipe is 12 days. Your finished cider will have an intense, beautiful color and delicate fruity aroma. It’s packed with sweet cherry flavors along with enough tartness to create a perfect balance.
The tannins in the black tea provide depth and astringency to the cider which brings perfect balance to the deep cherry flavor. Your cherry tea cider will taste best when served chilled with no ice. The tartness from this cider marries well with something sweet or rich, so try it with a piece of cheesecake, some hard cheeses, or an avocado salad.
This cherry tea cider is a great choice if you’re looking for something lush and sweet to sip on that won’t knock you off your feet. Enjoy the calming benefits of black tea while also satisfying your sweet tooth. This cider will be the ultimate cherry on top of your day!