When to drink it and what to pair it with
“It’s not just for dessert!’ exclaims famed sommelier Véronique Rivest, who likely knows and loves ice cider better than anyone else! For numerous years, Rivest was the spokesperson for the Mondial des cidres de glace (which in 2015 became the Mondial des cidres), so she’s tasted her fair share of this delectable beverage, and paired it with gourmet meals.
Rivest’s favourite pairing? “It really depends on the occasion, but you don’t need to only serve it with cheese or a dessert. A great idea is serving it as an aperitif with lots of different tasty bites, that way you get to explore how it pairs with different foods,” she advises. One of her favourite suggestions: ice cider and oysters-in-the-shell, served with an apple mignonette. “The oyster’s saltiness and the ice cider’s sweetness — it’s the exact same idea as pairing it with blue cheese. What works is the sweetness and iodine.”