Cinco de Drinko might be donezo, but that doesn't mean you should stop drinking. All right, maybe cut back on the tequila for the next couple of weeks and take up something a little lighter instead. How about some cider? Yes, cider. And no, not the cider abuela gave you for Nochebuena.
Rekorderlig Cider is a Swedish brand that launched in the United States in October. It started in New York and is heading to South Florida. At a recent paired dinner, global brand ambassador Joel Persson explained the product, shared summer recipes for Rekordelig, and talked about how he got involved with the hard cider brand.
New Times: How did you become Rekorderlig's brand ambassador?
Joel Persson: I was working in a cocktail bar called the Alchemist in Melbourne [Australia] when I was asked if I'd be interested in creating a cocktail with each of the Rekorderlig flavors. Being a true Swede and having grown up with fruit cider, it was a task I found both fun and challenging. I must have done a decent job with it, as less than a year later I was appointed the global brand ambassador for Rekorderlig and the Swedish face of the cider.
What's the best method for pairing Rekorderlig with food?
Rekorderlig pairs beautifully with food. Being a semisweet pear-based cider, Rekorderlig has an extremely fresh and very palate-cleansing quality that complements a number of different flavors and food styles. The Rekorderlig "perfect serve" is amazing to devour on its own over ice with its light flavors and sweetness, and a natural accompaniment to many dishes. The classic Rekorderlig Pear flavor marries together beautifully with fish; Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime is excellent with spicy food; and Rekorderlig Wild Berries is delicious with desserts, chocolates, and cheeses.
What's your best argument for why one should opt for cider above other more popular spirits, such as wine, rum, vodka, and sake?
Cider, and in particular Rekorderlig, is a very easy-drinking alcoholic beverage. Its semisweet profile appeals to both guys and girls and is the perfect middle ground between wine and beer. Rekorderlig also complements a number of spirits: Pear works well with vodka and gin, Strawberry-Lime with bourbons, and Wild Berries with dark spirits like tequila and rums. With that kind of versatility and appeal, it's no wonder that cider is the fastest-growing drink in America right now.
Just in time for summer, Persson has concocted a recipe for each of the brand's three U.S flavors (Pear, Strawberry-Lime, and Wild Berries). Each comes with hints of fruit and an infusion of Miami history. Take the Tuttle Punch, which pays tribute to Julia Tuttle -- the "mother of Miami" -- with Strawberry-Lime cider, the first cider to venture off and attempt this unique flavor combination. Magic Cider pays homage to the city's rapid growth with a passionate blend of pear cider and lychee for a distinctively crisp experience. And last, Shake Down Tonight honors the great KC & the Sunshine Band with a dark and juicy libation using Rekorderlig Wild Berries, perfect for when you want to do a little dance and make a little love.
Regardless of their names and fruit infusion, one thing the ciders have in common is that they are reliable, trustworthy, and down to earth. At least that's what "Rekorderlig" means in Swedish. Before year's end, the "beautifully Swedish" cider will also be available in Las Vegas and New Jersey.
If you're out on the town, pitchers of Rekorderlig can be found at the Standard, the Broken Shaker, the James, the Shore Club, Buns & Buns, Blackbrick (which has crafted its own version using moonshine, muddled jalapeño, and cinnamon simple syrup). If you'd rather imbibe at home, head to Chandi Liquors, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and Stefano's to pick up a bottle and mix yourself a cocktail that will forever change the way you view cider.
Magic Cider Pitcher
1 can of lychee juice (500g)
4 oz vodka (or white dog)
2 oz lime juice
2 bottles Rekorderlig Pear Cider
3.5 to 7 oz prosecco or other sparkling wine
Build into a pitcher and top up with prosecco. Garnish each glass with ice, a lychee on a cocktail stick, and either a pear fan or a mint sprig.
Shake Down Tonight Pitcher
5.5 oz spiced Rum
1.4 oz falernum (ginger, lime, and rum sugar) "optional"
6 dashes Angostura bitters
4 oz lime juice
2 bottles Rekorderlig Wild Berries Cider
3.5 to 7 oz ginger beer
Build into a pitcher and top up with ginger beer. Garnish each glass with ice and a lime wedge.
The Tuttle Punch Pitcher
1 cut lemon, lime, and orange
5 cut strawberries
2 oz white rum
1.5 oz lime juice
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2 bottles Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider
Build into a pitcher and layer in the fruit with the ice. Garnish each glass with ice, strawberries, and a mint sprig.
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