As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, what better way is there to kick off summer than with a crisp, cool cider? Although cider is often thought of as a fall drink, nothing is more refreshing at a barbecue with friends and family, or for a day at the beach or park than a brisk, bubbly hard cider. With a variety of styles and flavors, as well as lower-abv options than wine and liquor, cider is the obvious choice for summer drinking. As you look forward to packing up the cooler and gathering around the grill on the Fourth of July, reach for one of America’s earliest and most refreshing alcoholic beverages!

Cider has been around since before the first Independence Day, but cider’s history is only a part of the story – we’re in the midst of the rebirth of America’s cider industry! Cider makers across the country are going back to our roots and creating truly spectacular ciders that celebrate the best of what our country has to offer. So this Fourth of July as you gather with your friends and family, light up some sparklers, pick cider and raise a toast to traditions old and new!

Explore our site to discover your summer cider inspiration. Post your cider photo to Instagram with #PickCider for a chance to win Pick Cider gear. Contact us with any of your cider questions. We’re here to help you pick cider.

This campaign is sponsored by the United States Association of Cider Makers.









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