Cider has had a remarkable gain in popularity in Poland, with sales increasing five-fold in the last two years, from two million to ten million litres.It’s not hard to see why. Cider combines two of Poland’s favourite things, apples, and drinking.
Now cider can be found in almost every supermarket, and is making an appearance on restaurant menus ever more frequently. It’s appeal is the fresh taste, especially in summer, versatility in preparation, and with no added sugar in fermentation has lower calories than beer and wine.
Tomasz Kolecki-Majewicz, champion Polish Sommelier talks about cider:
Cider in the coming years will become one of the most growing parts of the Polish alcohol market. We estimate that about 30-50 million litres is the level to which we expect to reach in a fairly short period of time. In the long term we should match the French market, which is the second biggest market associated with cider. Perhaps consumption will rise to 80 million.
Increasingly bars are serving cider on tap, ousting prosecco, and flavoured ciders are available, such as raspberry. Cider is recommended chilled. Fine by itself, it can be matched with a variety of dishes. The French drink it with pancakes and cheese. The Spanish drink it with fish. Sweet ciders can accompany dessert.
Thomasz also speaks of its versatility:
We can make a sort of cider sangria, with strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. These are great flavours. We know such combinations work not only with other alcohols, so can create additional mixes. In the winter, we can add a little stronger alcohol or root spices and honey. It will be very cool connection, reassuring and more intense in flavor.
Even people concerned about fitness can find some benefits with cider. It’s a relatively low-calorie drink, 100ml having only 36-42 kcal. Cider also has some other health attributes, it includes natural antioxidants, derived from apples. It’s also a good source of potassium, which positively affects the work of the muscles.
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