A fresh, appealing guide to brewing hard cider that makes everything from sourcing fruits and juices to bottling the finished cider accessible and fun.
Homebrew guru Emma Christensen presents accessible hard cider recipes with modern flavor profiles that make for perfect refreshments across the seasons. This lushly photographed cookbook features recipes for basic ciders, traditional ciders from around the world, cider cousins like perry, and innovative ideas that take ciders to the next level with beer-brewing techniques and alternative fruits. With Christensen's simple, friendly tone and 1-gallon and 5-gallon options, this book's fresh and fizzy recipes prove that cider-brewing is truly the easiest homebrewing project--much easier than brewing beer--with delicious, fruit-forward results! So whether you're a home cook trying your hand at a batch of simple Supermarket Cider or homemade Apple Cider Vinegar, a city dweller fresh from a day of apple picking in the countryside, or a homebrewer ready to move on to the next brewing frontier with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cider and Spiced Apple Shrub, Modern Cider is your guide.
About the Author
EMMA CHRISTENSEN is a food writer, homebrewer, the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer, and a contributing writer and recipe developer for The Kitchn Cookbook. Christensen graduated from the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts, interned at Cook's Illustrated and America's Test Kitchen, had a twice-monthly syndicated weeknight-meal column with Tribune Media Services from 2008 through 2012, served as the beer reviewer for the Columbus Dispatch, and has been published in Cook's Country, Edible Columbus, and The Vegetarian Times. She is the former recipe editor for The Kitchn, and now serves as food editor and managing editor of Simply Recipes. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Beyond Modern Cider’s clear instruction is a beautiful array of recipes, both traditional and ingeniously new, that showcase just versatile home brews can be.” —JENNY MCGRUTHER, AUTHOR OF NOURISHED KITCHEN
“I never knew how much I wanted to make cider until I read this book. Now that I know how easy it is, it’s become an obsession.” —AKI KAMOZAWA, AUTHOR OF IDEAS IN FOOD
“ Whether you’re completely new to cider or you’re an absolute fanatic looking to up your cider-making game, Emma Christensen’s written a recipe that’ll get you excited for your next (or first) batch. From choosing the perfect blend of apples to re-creating traditional styles to spicing your cider into something truly funky, Modern Cider lets cider be as simple as you like and as creative as you can imagine.” —STEPHEN VALAND, CO-OWNER AND FOUNDER OF BROOKLYN BREW SHOP
“Emma Christensen has assembled a trove of wisdom about the art of cider making. She not only covers the techniques of making cider but also connects them to the flavors aspiring cider makers will want to reproduce. And true to its name, Modern Cider delves into the myriad innovations that have sparked the American cider revival; this is the most extensive, fact-filled, and user-friendly guide to cider making out there.” —JEFF ALWORTH, AUTHOR OF CIDER MADE SIMPLE
“I wish there had been a resource as informative as Modern Cider when I first started making cider at home. This is a great tool for cider and DIY enthusiasts looking to hone their craft, and it raises awareness about the cider world overall—especially the importance of using high-quality apples with intention.” —RYAN BURK, HEAD CIDER MAKER at ANGRY ORCHARD
“This is a bumper crop of unique and approachable recipes for budding home cider makers. Since it can be difficult to source distinctive apples, the tips on using Brettanomyces yeast and Lactobacillus culture are especially helpful for adding character and complexity.” —ERIC WEST, DIRECTOR OF THE GREAT LAKES INTERNATIONAL CIDER AND PERRY COMPETITION