Perhaps one of the more frustrating things about my taste buds is that they really do not like the taste of beer. Throughout college and for a few years following graduation, I pretended to enjoy it for the convenience factor. Beer always seemed to be available at parties, barbecues, etc, and it was most people’s drink of choice during the summer. Liking it just made things easier.
However now I don’t even bother pretending to like it. Wes always tries to encourage me to try his favorite brews, and I really do wish I liked them, but I can’t fake it. He knows this about me and accepts me for who I am… a beer hater. With that said, I do actually really enjoy cider.
There are quite a few different brands of cider on the market, but most of them are fairly heavy and full of calories. Because of this, when we are out and about, I usually opt for a glass of champagne and am labeled “that girl” by many onlookers. I absolutely don’t intend to be perceived as high maintenance, but drinking a heavy, sugary drink just isn’t for me if I’m drinking anywhere away from home. At home, I’d throw on elastic waist pants and would have no qualms about drinking 2 or 3 bottles of cider.
Recently, I found out that Michelob ULTRA had developed a low calorie cider. Intrigued? I sure was. Blogher gave me the opportunity to review the cider, and I happily agreed.
I found Michelob ULTRA Cider at a new WalMart in Dallas. It became available for sale in early May, and is still making its way out to grocery stores and restaurants. Michelob’s cider is an all-natural sweetened cider, using Stevia, and true to ciders, is gluten free. It also has 120 calories per bottle, which is significantly less than the average cider on the market.
Last weekend, Ray and Meaghan came over to try the new cider with Wes and me. The boys opted to make specialty cocktails with the cider, while Meag and I just stuck to drinking it straight.
All in all, I have to say the group enjoyed it. The cider isn’t as sweet as some of its competitors, and has a much crisper taste than other ciders I’ve tried. I also had a bottle of the cider at the pool the next day; it was a perfect drink to sip while poolside. Meal wise, I think it would be ideal to serve along barbecue, as the tanginess of the cider would be a beautiful complement to brisket or pork. Which favorite summer meal or activity do you think would go best with Michelob ULTRA Light Cider?
If you would like to read more reviews about the cider, please check out the Michelob ULTRA light cider page on Blogher.com. Or if you would like to know where to find Michelob ULTRA cider in your area and other facts about the beverage, please visit the sponsor’s site.