"This sweet-tart blend tastes just like biting into a ripe apple. The sour apple flavors keep it from being cloying and make it dangerously drinkable. Pair with grilled pork chops—or just the view from your porch."—Nina Elder, executive food editor


"I am generally not big on hard cider because I find it tastes more like pop than tipple. I'd just rather have a beer. But Strongbow is different. It's dry with just the right amount of fizz, and I'd be more than happy to drink this with anything from a cheese plate to a smoky rack of ribs."—Janet McCracken, food director


"I have been a fan of Austin Eastciders for years, but usually stuck to the original until I got a taste of the seasonal watermelon flavor. Cider is by nature crisp and refreshing, but the subtle hint of juicy watermelon makes it extra thirst-quenching. I was worried it would taste artificial, like a watermelon Jolly Rancher, but it's not cloyingly sweet. Careful, it's downright chuggable, for summer days."—Alyse Whitney, senior food editor

Spritzer Can

"I usually pass on hard ciders that taste like sparkling apple juice. Here's a crisp, dry one I can enjoy with dinner. The bubbles are also slightly bigger: more like seltzer, less like beer."—Aliza Gans, associate food editor


"Pear and cider just go together, especially when every sip tastes more bubbly and crisp than the last."—Princess Gabbara, associate digital editor