Move over craft beers--the hard-cider market is going gangbusters (it grew 102 percent in 2013)! Here are four new arrivals and some fun uses--other than straight swigging!


Boozy cider syrup

Cook hard cider over medium heat until syrupy. Pour over French toast, pancakes, waffles--even a bowl of ice cream.

Cider poached pears

Simmer peeled, whole pears in hard cider until soft. Serve drizzled with some of the reduced poaching liquid.

Cider pan sauce

Deglaze your skillet with a couple glugs of hard cider and finish with a pat of butter. Perfect with pork chops or chicken.

Cider shandy

Mix equal parts hard cider and your favorite lager.

Check out these four new hard ciders, available on grocery shelves now!

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Smith & Forge Hard Cider

The booziest of the bunch (6% alcohol) but the clean, light taste makes it a great pairing for food. ($15.79 for a 12-pack)

Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider

Pucker up! This tart cider comes solo or in a variety pack with its friends Caramel Cider and Spiced Cider. ($14 for a 12-pack)

Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Hard Cider

With a healthy dose of cinnamon, this cider has the warm spice and aroma of a mulled cider. ($9.99 for a six-pack)

Mike's Hard Smashed Apple Ale

Crisp-sweet Washington apples are the key to this balanced brew. ($9.99 for a six-pack)

By Erica Clark

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