Rosé cider might be the perfect drink as we move from summer to fall.
Despite the name, rosé cider isn't made from wine — the moniker comes from its light, fruity flavor and pink-tinted color. That pigmentation comes from apples, berries or the other fruits that various producers use to make it.
A few varieties have popped up recently in bars and stores in and around Philadelphia, including one made by Angry Orchard Cider; a flavor from Crispin Cider made with apples and pears; and by the Vermont-based Shacksbury, which makes it with apples and ages it with grape skins.
Dry rosé cider from Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, N.Y., is made with six different kinds of apples from New York. Wölffer's blend is rosy pink, mildly fizzy, tart and a bit sweet.
Wölffer No. 139 dry rosé cider can be found at a number of Philadelphia shops, such as the Foodery stores, VIP Market on 13th and Walnut, Bottle Bar East in Fishtown, Whole Foods, Wegman's, and more. It's also sold in cans at some bars, such as Fishtown's the International and Devil's Den in South Philly.