Which Alcoholic Apple Beverage Is Right For You?

Apple-based alcohol tends to be on the receiving end of gender-based insults, but few people appreciate the range of tenacity these drinks have. From the sweet and fizzy beers to the pricklier liquors, no matter your alcohol tolerance levels, there’s an alcoholic apple drink for you.

Apple Cider

Ciders rank pretty low on the totem pole for most seasoned alcoholics drinkers due to their shockingly low alcohol percentage and their unbearing sweetness

For people who normally drink: Apple Cider. You tried it once and that’s just what you drink now. Your first alcoholic beverage was probably a Mike’s Hard Lemonade and that’s okay. We all make mistakes.

What it tastes like: Apple juice and either an entire cup of sugar or cinnamon.

How to drink it: In a pint glass with a Fireball shot/floater.

Redd’s Apple Ale

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This cider-beer hybrid’s commercials have probably dissuaded you from ever trying it, but it actually strikes a decent balance between a cider and a beer. You get all the sweetness of a cider with all the inevitable gas from a beer.

For people who normally drink: Beers with low alcohol content or ciders with high alcohol content. Socially, its the most genderfluid drink to order.

What it tastes like: If sparkling apple cider was poured over a slice of bread and then squeezed out into your glass.

How to drink it: Alone and chilled, not cold. I can’t believe I’m saying this about a Miller product, but there are some nuances that shouldn’t be drowned out.

Any Craft Brewery’s Apple Pie Beer

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Your local brewery either already has one or is cooking up a new recipe right now, but it’s too weird to make squash-based beer.  

For people who normally drink: Craft beer, craft cocktails, and pumpkin spice lattes. You care about quality, but you’re not afraid

What it tastes like: A liquid pie with bubbles.

How to drink it: As is. Don’t let them see you messing with their baby brews!

Apple Schnapps

This German liquor brings out the sorority girl in all of us. The apples just want an invite to the party and they’re willing to get as sweet as possible to get past the door.

For people who normally drink: Cosmopolitans, Screwdrivers, and any other cocktail that doesn’t taste like it has as much hard liquor as it does. This is also a nice stepping stone for those weaning themselves off their apple cider dependency.

What it tastes like: Simple syrup with an artificial apple taste. Depending on the quality of the schnapps, you might be able to taste the gin, but don’t hold your breath.

How to drink it: An appletini or a completely off the wall craft cocktail is the best way to go about drinking apple schnapps if you’re the kind of person who dislikes entering a diabetic coma. 


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This is the alcohol the founding fathers of America got turnt on. When apple cider was left outside during the winter, the alcohol was freeze distilled and became at least 300 percent stronger by spring.

For people who normally drink: Tropical rum drinks even outside of vacations and basic bitch brandy. You’re serious about everything else in a life and want something sweet that will burn your throat for the rest of the week.

What it tastes like:  Swallowing rum while your mouth is filled with hot, caramelized apple slices.

How to drink it: Sip it. This is not for shots. I repeat, THIS IS NOT FOR SHOTS.


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“The French apple brandy so nice they distilled it twice” is definitely not the official tagline of any calvados brand, but it should be. As per usual with French liqueur, it’s only really calvados if it’s made in Lower Normandy. Considering the time and superior alcohol content put into distilling and aging calvados, I wouldn’t want any lazy apple brandies stealing my thunder either.

For people who normally drink: Spiced rum, woody red wines, top shelf brandy and really old scotch. You know how to pronounce everything on any five star restaurant’s menu.

What it tastes like: A woody brandy. The double distillation removes most of the original apple cider taste.

How to drink it: In a tiny thimble after Christmas dinner. If you’re drinking it in anything larger and on a regular basis, you might need an intervention. Mature calvados are deceptively smooth and need to be modestly consumed during special occasions.


Caramel Apple Cider Ginger Ale Floats


Recipe: Neighbor Food Blog


This $199 Smart Cup Knows What You’re Drinking

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Have you ever poured yourself a beverage and thought to yourself, “I wonder just how much sugar and other crap I’m drinking”? Well, you could take five seconds and read the nutrition label but ain’t no body got time fo’ that, enter Vessyl.

Created by a biomedical student this 13-ounce smart cup recognizes nearly any drink you put into it and can sync to your smartphone to give you a report on the nutritional breakdown (sugar, fat, calories, protein, and caffeine) of anything you put in the cup and even tracks your drinking habits. Yes, it even knows when you’ve given your coffee the Irish treatment. In fact, it can recognize the how weak your coffee is. The Vessyl can even tell the difference between Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze Gatorade, sorcery!

With an extensive database of drinks to choose from it’s impressive that the smart cup can recognize your drink in about ten seconds. On the cup itself you’ll see a general category such as “juice”, “coffee”, or “beer” but open your app and you’ll see the specific drink as recognized by Vessyl, such as Heineken or Mango Madness Snapple.

Aside from just telling you what drink Vessyl lets you set goals to track your daily water intake, watch your calories, sugar intake, etc. Pre-orders are only $99 right now but that’s a lot better than the $199 price tag Vessyl will retail for in Spring 2015.

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Slanted Mug is Designed to Fit Between Your Thighs


I live a dangerous life.  I like to drink my tea on the couch, usually curled up around or with a cat, and my mug often gets placed precariously on my lap, the arm of the couch, or on the cat (poor thing).  I’m always worried about spilling, but usually too comfy to do anything about it.  Thank goodness someone invented the “Lap Mug.”

The lap mug is “designed around the body rather than the table” and has a unique wedge design that allows it to fit perfectly between your legs.  Plus, the slanted mugs can be placed on a countertop at a slight angle, meaning you don’t have to awkwardly hold them while pouring coffee.

However, after thinking about this critically for a bit, I have one important question.  How do I prevent my legs from burning with the hot mug now between them? I want to love you lap mug, but I don’t know if I can.

Thelermont Hupton Lap Mug, $16 @room2046


‘Adult’ Strawberry Milk — Just Like Your Childhood, But Boozier!

From the creators of Adult Chocolate Milk, comes their latest concoction- Adult Strawberry Milk. Arriving in September, Adult Beverage Co. will launch it’s newest  ready-to-serve beverage, while keeping with their theme of fun cocktails with a nostalgic twist. Adult Strawberry Milk is a 40 proof  liqueur infused with premium vodka, just open, pour over ice, and voila- just like Mom used to make! Don’t you wish they served this in the cafeteria after honors algebra?

If drunken flavored milks aren’t your style, ABCo. also offers an Adult Limeade option, featuring blue agave reposado tequila, and agave nectar combined with lime juice.

Although Adult Strawberry Milk won’t be out for another month or so, here’s where you can find other ABCo. flavors. It’s 25 oz. of fun for everyone.

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The Amazing Floating Mug Concept Bids Adieu to Those Pesky Condensation Rings

Let’s face it, we’re getting to that age where maybe we are starting to care about those pesky condensation rings on the table after a guest visits. But you still try to avoid that awkward moment where you figure out how to work “Hey asshole, use a coaster!” into the conversation. Well now, that problem can be easily fixed with the swanky new Floating Mug!

Created by Tigere Chiriga, the mug concept is designed to prevent heat from damaging tables and leaving behind those undesirable rings that can never seem to go away. The concept for the mug came to Chiriga after being constantly chewed out by his wife to use a coaster for his tea.

Chiriga has currently reached his goal on Kickstarter and aims to have the mugs ready by Christmas.

via: That’sLikeWhoa


West Coast Chill: World’s First Self Chilling Drink?


Ever get stuck at work on a hot day and all you want is a nice cold drink? Then you get home and find that the only drinks you have are at room-damn-temperature?! Then you have the choice of either chugging it or throwing it in the freezer waiting until it’s cold enough to finally enjoy.

Either way, you end up rather unfulfilled. Every so often you hear that someone, somewhere, is going to invent the world’s first self chilling beverage. But has anyone actually ever done it?

According to Joseph Company International, the title goes to their new product: West Coast Chill. The beverage is said to be an all-natural energy drink that cools itself! Thanks to the company’s patented Chill Can,  all you have to do is press a tab and the temperature of the can will drop 30°F in three minutes.

West Coast Chill is expected to hit stores late March to early April in the Southern California and Las Vegas areas, so make sure to keep an eye out!

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Drank Announces New Island Time Flavor Aimed to “Slow Your Roll”

FOODBEAST originally covered Drank in early 2011 before the brand had any major distribution. Now Drank has introduced a new flavor, Island Time, and is available in 43 states and many 7-Eleven stores. Both the original flavor and Island Time utilize a combination of Valerian Root, Rose Hips and Melatonin to ‘relax the body, mind and soul.‘ We’ve seen more and more new products entitled relaxation beverages (iChill, Vacation In A Bottle, Dream Water) — each press release claiming that this beverage category is the next ‘big thing.’

What do FOODBEAST readers think? Do you buy relaxation drinks regularly? Any Favorites? Are Relaxation Beverages or Coconut Water the next big thing? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments or on Facebook.