Monday, January 4, 2010

Blackthorn Cider - Serving Suggestion

Ok, in lieu of a real post, I give you here a serving suggestion for Blackthorn cider, one of the English champagne-yeast ciders that has been reviewed previously here.

Show in the image above is a pint of Blackthorn with a (half-devoured) bowl of chili-cheese soup/stew/stuff and blue corn nacho chips. The Chili-Cheese for the chips is made by combining your favorite chili (Here Hormel's classic chili with beans) with shredded mild cheddar cheese in a ration of 2:1 or to taste. Heat the chili first before slowly adding in the shredded cheese while stirring. Making the mix in a microwave-safe resealable bowl (as shown here) will let you keep leftovers for easy reheating in the future.

The salty heartiness of the meat-rich chili smooths the taste of the cider, removing much of the edge which is present when this cider is drunk alone and enhancing the rich flavor underneath. The yeasty smell which was noted previously is also less noticeable over the aroma of the spices tomato base of the chili. While this combination does little to avoid the aftertaste, another chip-full of chili quickly douses it in favor of better flavors.

Simple, tasty, and hearty. This is a combination where each party gains by the presence of the other. A fine snacking pairing for the gamer or couch potato, it doesn't take much to make this a mean in its self. Enjoy!

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