Fiver by Four Cousins Picture: Morne Marais
As we wave goodbye to winter and usher in  the warmer months, craft ciders and wine coolers  are the drinks to add to your list of summer
beverages to enjoy this season. 

De Grendel cellar master Charles Hopkins  says there has  been a move away from high volume commercial  products as people "prefer to drink more creative  individual products".
"It's extremely versatile and can be enjoyed  as an aperitif and (with) many different kinds of  light foods complementing roast pork and pork  belly – barbecued or grilled – creamy sauces and  chicken.  It also pairs well with salads, soft cheese  and seafood. It's a surprising partner for fresh  oysters with a cider-ginger mignonette dressing,”  Hopkins says.

These are the locally produced ciders you  have to try this summer.


Launched earlier this year and described as  the new darling on the brunch scene, Three  Spades is most certainly on my list.

It’s light and the refreshing crispy apple  flavour makes this the perfect summertime drink.

The 330ml curvy champagne-shaped bottle  has a luxurious look with gold finishes for a  touch of class.

This is one drink your guests won’t mind  drinking straight from the bottle.

Three Spades Cider is available in limited  quantities and retails at R35 a bottle or R530 for  a box of 16.

It’s available from De Grendel Tasting Room,  online at the De Grendel Online Shop,  www.degrendel.co.za (delivery will be arranged),  or from speciality liquor shops in Cape Town.

Three Spades Cider Picture: Bakkes Images, Riehan Bakkes

Loxtonia Cider is produced in the Ceres  Valley and is made from hand-picked apples  which are pressed and naturally fermented,  bringing to life their key philosophy "Orchard to Bottle".

Once launched in October, Loxtonia Cider  will be available in four variants, which includes: 

Crispy Apple Cider: a refreshingly fruity cider  with a smooth, crisp finish.

Sparkling Apple Cider: a taste of green apple  with tones of fruity Prosecco with a lively, bubbly  sparkle.

Stone Fruit Flavoured Apple Cider: a fresh  peach aroma with notes of both nectarine and  apple.

Pale Amber Apple Cider: a beer-style cider  made up of natural flavours that allow for a well-rounded  and smooth, medium sweet cider.

Loxtonia Cider will retail at a recommended selling price of R25 to R30 per 340ml bottle  and will be available in leading liquor stores  nationwide.

Loxtonia cider


The "fifth cousin" of the popular wine producer, Fiver by  Four Cousins, is a ready-to-drink wine cooler and a  summer must-have.

A wine cooler is made when the alcohol  comes from wine and other ingredients are  added, not quite making it a cider but it still has
the same refreshing taste.

This wine-based drink is infused with fruit  flavours and caters to every palate, whether you  fancy a sweet drink or prefer a drier style drink.

Fiver by Four Cousins is available at leading  retailers countrywide for around R79.99 for a  six-pack or online by the case through www. vanloveren.co.za.

Everson’s Cider is produced in the Elgin  Valley and is made with up to five different  types of apples from the region.

In addition to its "original" apple cider,  which has a bitter-sweet green apple finish,  Everson's also has a range of other variations  including South Africa's first pear cider, a  mulled cider – its apple cider blended with  spice-infused apple juice – and a newly released  pomegranate cider.

Everson's Cider Picture: Instagram (eversonscider)