Apple Cider at Soons!
“Small lots of pure, brisk, refreshing ciders and excellent pommeau.”--
Eric Asimov, New York Times
"I've been coming to Soons since I was a child. It's a great place, and the cider is the best!"--
Rich G., Middletown, NY
Apple Cider at Soons!
Some say it’s the best in the world…
What is it that makes Soons Orchards apple cider so special?
Our cider tastes great because at Soons Orchards we know clean, cold apples and a clean cider mill are the keys to good taste and purity. Not to mention a special blend of apples – our 50+ varieties mean that every batch is unique! Our cider is pure apples – nothing added, nothing removed – and we never use concentrate. (In store-bought juice you’ll usually find apple juice concentrate from China, Brazil and other countries without much regulation.) You can rest assured our cider is safe and healthy for you and all your family!
When can I get apple cider?
Fresh-pressed cider is available daily starting mid-September until typically the end of May. In the summer July/August we have frozen half gallons while supplies last.
We use our cider in our donuts, applesauce, and pies…another reason they are so delicious! And everyone’s new favorite, our cider slushies of course. Try cider with oatmeal – you’ll love it!
Always refrigerate or freeze your cider; it’s like milk – enjoy it within 7 to 12 days (how long it keeps depends on when we made it and if you always keep it cold!)
Soons cider… delicious for 58 years and counting!
We are proud of our long history of ongoing improvements since building our dedicated mill in 1963. From retrofitting an apple brusher/washer into the system, using a stainless steel tank to immediately chill the cider, or spending big bucks to put in ultraviolet light (UV) treatment in 1998 – long before anyone thought UV would become the standard in cider-making. (Ultraviolet light treatment is a cold process, so all you get is great taste in a super safe cider. UV is used in many places, including municipal water treatment.)
Our goal has always been to bring you delicious cider that you can trust. Stop in and taste the difference! And samples are back – hooray!
Get a peek at cider-making at Soons Orchards
Check out this video (4:56) we made several years ago - we've since gotten a new jugger and a new line to deliver the mash, but everything else remains the same! Thanks to Clarence Eckerson Jr. for creating the video and for posting up to YouTube.
What About Hard Cider?
We love “hard” cider and now we have our own, called Orchard Hill Sparkling Cider. Created by Jeff Soons and partners Andrew Emig and Karl DuHoffman, Orchard Hill cider is a fantastic result of special fermentation techniques and unique batches of cider with apples chosen especially for hard cider. It's dry and very delicious - visit the Orchard Hill Cider Mill Tap Room to try it!
Cider makes a great mixer!
Here’s a couple ideas…
Cider Martini: use equal parts cider and vodka with a bit of pomegranate juice. Pour the vodka first, add the pom juice in for color, then the cider. Shake or stir and enjoy!
Peachy Cider on the Rocks: use equal parts vanilla vodka and peach schnapps, then add cider to fill a tumbler. Enjoy!
Ask the Tap Room to make you’re a Roll in the Hay…it features our sweet cider…so good!
Lots more ideas for how to use sweet cider and hard cider from our own New York apple experts.
"I've never in my life liked apple cider… until I tried Soons!"--
Bob E., New Jersey
"I'd rather buy your cider than have any other cider given to me for free - that's how good it is!" --
Jeff B., Goshen, NY