We Tried All the Rosé Ciders We Could Find and Reviewed Them

We’re giving you a down-and-dirty fact sheet on the ones we loved, the ones we disagreed on, and all the info in between.


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From Rosé and Frosé to Rosé Cider

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Photo by Ryan Donnell Photography LLC/RyanDonnell

Photo by Ryan Donnell Photography LLC/RyanDonnell

The past year has been all about millennial pink, so it’s no surprise that lots of companies are cashing in on the blush-toned trend. We’ve ridden the rosé wave from the bubbly version to the ever-popular “frosé”—the icy counterpart to the original—and finally arrived at rosé cider. It was really only a matter of time. In order to best service you, our readers, we took one for the team and taste-tested eight rosé ciders that are currently on the market. Read on for all the details on what’s sure to be this summer’s trendiest drink.

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Alpenfire Glow Aerlie Red Cider

Alpenfire Glow Aerlie Red Cider

Photo courtesy of Alpenfire

Photo courtesy of Alpenfire

This cider was definitely the most polarizing of the bunch. Its big flavor was rather forward and bold. It reminded us of an old chardonnay aged in a stainless tank (the way this cider is aged!). Unlike most of the ciders we tasted, the Aerlie Red was a single-varietal, meaning it’s made from only one type of apple. Most of the others contained a blend of apples, and sometimes other fruit, like pear or blueberry.

Taste tester quotes

  • “It tastes like an apple wine.”
  • “It’s not very bubbly.”

Details

  • Alcohol content: 8.2% ABV
  • Price: $17 per 750 mL
  • Packaging: These bottles are sleek, and look like a wine bottle.
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Angry Orchard Rosé Cider

Angry Orchard Rosé Cider

Photo courtesy of Angry Orchard

Photo courtesy of Angry Orchard

According to the brand, this cider’s pink hue comes from a red-flesh apple sourced in France, aptly named the Amour Rouge. It’s described as having “a floral aroma,” with an “apple forward taste.” There’s no mistaking the apple flavor, and it finishes with “light tannins, similar to a semi-dry wine.” This is a drink we can picture ourselves sipping from a bottle or chilled over ice while rela by the pool.

Taste tester quotes

  • “On first sniff, it smells exactly like the original Angry Orchard.”
  • “Not very alcohol-forward.”
  • “It’s fruity and easy to drink, but not cloyingly sweet like a lot of ciders.”

Details

  • Alcohol content: 5.5% ABV
  • Price: $8 for a 6-pack
  • Packaging: While the packaging is not super inventive, it aligns with the rest of the brand, so there’s no doubt you’re drinking an Angry Orchard product.  
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Citizen Cider bRosé

Citizen Cider bRosé

Photo courtesy of Citizen Cider

Photo courtesy of Citizen Cider

Unlike any of the other roses we tasted, this rosé cider gets it color and flavor from co-fermenting sweet cider and blueberries, which give it a slightly sweet flavor, reminiscent of a blueberry beer. It also has a little bit of a sharp/tart aftertaste, which some of us appreciated. The Citizen Cider bRosé is best enjoyed straight out of the fridge, and if you like fruity beers, this is the cider for you.

Taste tester quotes:

  • “It has the best name. All of their lines have great names.”
  • “It tastes a little bit like roses.”
  • “It tastes a little woodsy.”

Details

  • Alcohol Content: 6.1% ABV
  • Price: $12 for 750 mL
  • Packaging: We love the contrasting colors—blue label, pink cider—and bold typeface.
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Crispin Rosé Hard Cider

Crispin Rose Hard Cider

Photo courtesy of Crispin

Photo courtesy of Crispin

We thought this rosé cider was “a little sweet, but not too much” compared to the others we tasted. It’s made with a blend of apple and pear, and gets its some of its carnation pink hue from hibiscus. We thought it tasted a bit florally, with a “hint of cinnamon,” which made one tester want to keep drinking. This cider was pleasant and easy to drink, and the bottles would make a super pretty addition to your next girls’-night-in soiree.

Taste tester quotes

  • “The bottle is very pretty—fancy.”
  • “Perfume-y, both on the nose and on the taste.”
  • “A little sweet, but not too much.”

Details

  • Alcohol content: 5% ABV
  • Price: $8 for a 6-pack
  • Packaging: These bottles are soft and pretty, they almost look more like a rose-scented perfume than a hard cider.
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Original Sin Dry Rosé Cider

Original Sin Dry Rose Cider

Photo courtesy of Original Sin

Photo courtesy of Original Sin

This rosé cider seems to play in a different field than the others we tasted. It’s labeled “dry,” and we certainly agree. It was also the lightest in color and flavor, inspiring one of our tasters to compare it to a light beer. Another really liked the amount of fizz. This cider also wasn’t too sweet, which one of our tasters liked. We think this rosé would make a great hostess gift—the packaging is aesthetically pleasing and they can be enjoyed by cider lovers and non-cider lovers alike.

Taste tester quotes

  • “It has a sexy can.”
  • “I don’t get any apple forward flavors or scents.”
  • “It has a very light cider taste.”

Details

  • Alcohol content: 6.5% ABV
  • Price: About $12 for a 6-pack
  • Packaging: Very sleek and modern with a matte finish.
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Shacksbury Cider Dry Rosé

Shacksbury Cider Dry Rosé

Photo courtesy of Shacksbury

Photo courtesy of Shacksbury

This cider gets its color from aging with grape skins sourced in Vermont, which are meant to “impart flavor, color, and tannin.” While it has a unique flavor, the color is more orange than pink. We’re not holding that against Shacksbury though, because it’s still a cider, and the color isn’t artificially sourced (can we get an amen for lack of food dyes?). Lots of ciders are very sweet and fruit-forward, but this one has a more savory quality we couldn’t totally pinpoint, and separated the tasters into two camps. 

Taste tester quotes

  • “This is alcohol-y, pretty strong.”
  • “Flatter than some of the others.”
  • “It has a savory, almost earthy flavor.”

Details

  • Alcohol content: 6.5% ABV
  • Price: $50 for 12 cans
  • Packaging: The design of this can screams Miami beach vacation, even though it’s made in Vermont. Trendy pinks and fun typography on the can make it immediately more enticing to crack open.
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Strongbow Rosé Apple Cider

Strongbow Rosé Apple Cider

Photo courtesy of Strongbow

Photo courtesy of Strongbow

Do not let the packaging deceive you—this was an all-around fan favorite of the group. Bonus points: Its pink hue is derived from those elusive red-fleshed apples. Rock on, natural coloring! The brand describes the cider as “semi-dry” and it also has a hint of pear. This is a beach-read of a beverage, so easy to sip and sure to be a crowd pleaser at a summer party. One of our food editors said it best: “it would be my go-to cider, just like Blue Moon is my go-to beer,” and to that we all nodded our heads in agreement.

Taste tester quotes

  • “Forms a bit of a head, like a beer.”
  • “A lot softer than the others, with a clean finish.”
  • “There’s zero effort in drinking this, it’s so smooth to go down.”

Details 

  • Alcohol content: 5% ABV
  • Price: $9-$10 for a 6-pack
  • Packaging: This cider has a very minimalist look to it.
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Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider

Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider

Photo courtesy of Wölffer

Photo courtesy of Wölffer

Let’s start with the background: Wölffer Estate is a well-known (and pretty fancy) winery in the Hamptons, probably best-known for their Summer in a Bottle white wine. Their whole shtick revolves around wines that “evoke the style, sophistication and spirit of summer in the Hamptons.” That, coupled with the gorgeous packaging, set a high expectation for this rosé cider. It did not disappoint. This is the champagne of ciders, and not just because of its superior quality. It reminded us all of a prosecco, because it’s pleasantly bubbly and has a dry finish.

Taste tester quotes

  • “It’s a very soft, true pink. I like that it has a standout color.”
  • “I like this one, because it is so dry like a rosé.”
  • “It’s super similar to prosecco, not very cider-y.”

Details 

  • Alcohol content: 6.9% ABV
  • Price: $16 for a 4-pack
  • Packaging: This packaging is stunning. Empty it out and you’re left with the artsiest little bud vase.
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