Party Planning Tips

Celebrate Summer With Hard Cider


(NAPSI)—The warm days of summer are finally here, which means endless opportunities for entertaining friends and family. Delicious food and drinks are the key to summer cookouts, and cider’s crisp and refreshing flavor makes it the perfect beverage for gatherings.

The first step in planning the ultimate summer cookout is to pick the best ciders, and Angry Orchard hard cider has a wide range of styles that are certain to refresh all your guests.

For a classic, apple-forward sip, try Angry Orchard Crisp Apple. The flagship style will leave your guests satisfied with a balanced taste, just like taking a bite out of a fresh apple. For a refreshingly dry flavor, try Angry Orchard Rosé, which is made with a delicious blend of apples including rare red-flesh apples from France, delivering a floral aroma and rosy hue. Both Crisp Apple and Rosé are available in 12-oz. bottles and slim cans, as well as the crowd-pleasing Orchard Variety Pack, which features the styles alongside Angry Orchard Pear and Green Apple.

If you’re looking for a bright and bubbly summer drink to take you from day to night, try Angry Orchard’s newest offering, Spritz Rosé hard cider. With a light, effervescent body and low ABV, this new style incorporates all the elements that drinkers love about rosé wine combined with crisp, apple-forward flavors and a vibrant fizz. Ideal for outdoor gatherings with friends, Spritz Rosé is available in a six-pack of 12-oz. slim cans in select U.S. markets.

Not only does Angry Orchard offer a variety of styles for every occasion, but pairing cider with food brings out complementary flavors that boost any dining experience. Take your summer gathering to the next level using Angry Orchard’s Cider+Food App, which offers a first-of-its-kind augmented reality experience to make it easy to pair your favorite ciders with delicious food for your next party. From cider tasting notes to pairings and recipes, the app is the ideal tool for entertaining friends throughout the season.

Each cider has its own unique pairings within the app. The delicate taste of Rosé Cider pairs with light, creamy cheeses and meats, while the body and flavor of Crisp Apple go together beautifully with summer dishes like BBQ pulled pork. Scan a bottle or can label of Crisp Apple and the Cider+Food App will unlock Angry Orchard’s Spicy Thai Chicken Wings, which offer a spice that complements the natural sweetness of the go-to cider.

Spicy Thai Chicken Wings
Serving Size: 12 Wings
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

⅛ cup Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

12 chicken wings

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce

1 Tbsp sriracha

Chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 425° F. In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with baking powder, salt and pepper until evenly coated. Place in oven and cook until crisp and golden—about 35−40 minutes. In a clean large mixing bowl, combine chili sauce, cider and sriracha. Whisk until combined and set aside until ready to use. Toss cooked wings with the glaze and top with chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.

Enjoy Angry Orchard with your meal on its own or mixed into a punch for the whole party. Host the winning celebration with the Tropical Orchard Punch.

Tropical Orchard Punch
Punch Recipe (Serves 8−10)

3 bottles Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

1 cup White Rum

0.5 cup Peach Nectar

1.5 cups Passion Fruit Juice

0.5 cup Lime Juice

0.5 cup Vanilla Syrup

10 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Add all ingredients to a punch bowl with ice and stir to combine. Garnish with peach and apple slices.

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