I have a confession: lately, as we moved from Spring to Summer and the warm sunshine has made for longer days and nights, I’ve been cheating on my beloved Wine . . . with it’s sassier, bubbly cousin, Cider.
When the weather heats, up, I do love a good, sweet hard cider.
To fuel my summer cider fling, Northwest Cider Association celebrates the third annual Oregon Cider Week. From June 20 through June 29, cider tasting events and special menus featuring Northwest ciders are taking over the city. You can read the full line-up of Oregon Cider Week events online.
I had the pleasure of getting a peek at the St. Honore Boulangerie Cider Week celebration during a media event. Owner & Chef Dominique Geulin described the special cider cocktails and pastries being offered during Oregon Cider Week, and resident mixologist Jacob Grier explained how their cider cocktails are offered only at the SE Division Street location.
St. Honore Boulangerie has five different cider cocktails and eight draft ciders on tap available at the SE Division Street location.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Midnight in Paris: Finnriver Farmstead Cider, Lillet Blanc, sweet orange vinegar, elderflower syrup and orange peel.
This is the perfect cider cocktail to sip outside on the St. Honore Boulangerie patio on a warm summer day.
My husband and several other blogger friends sipped on the Yuzu-Pippin: Reverend Nat’s Revelation Newton Pippin single varietal cider (one of my personal faves!), Yuzu citrus vinegar, mint, and lemon.
I recommend stopping by St. Honore on SE Division street this week for their Happy Hour from 4pm – closing. You can enjoy these drinks plus other cider cocktails along with some tasty treats. My pick would be to go for the Cider Flight: you get a good sample of four ciders for just $6.
St. Honore is also serving up a great selection of delectable cider pastries, some of which are special offerings just for Oregon Cider Week.
The Grille aux Pomme is an ancient French pastry recipe using local apples and cider from Normandie.
Cider breadhas little bits of apple baked into it, which I always appreciate compared to large chunks. Served with lightly salted butter, it’s perfect to soak up those cider cocktails!
Then there is my favorite: the Green Apple Macaron, filled with Pommeau-flavored buttercream and Cider-Granny Smith gelée. These macarons are fairly well-sized compared to traditional itty bitty macarons. That said, I could still eat a dozen of them in one sitting. They are divine!
Visit St Honore Boulangerie
3333 SE Division
Portland, Oregon 97202
Sunday-Thursday 7am to 9pm,
Friday-Saturday 7am to 10pm
Apero Hour 4pm – Close, Daily
Find Oregon Cider Week Events
Visit the Northwest Cider Association for all of this week’s events and special menus happening all over Oregon June 20 – 29, 2014.