Toasting to Cider Week
By: Zoe Denckla This past weekend kicked off Cider Week New York, featuring 37 cider producers across the state. From October 2nd to 17th, there are tap room tastings, regional cider guides, and special cider-centered events. New York is the second largest apple producer in the country. So, cider has been, and always will be a big deal here. But recently, cider is starting to gain popularity on a national level.
Rum: Production, Cocktails and History
By Zoe Denckla Rum is created from leftover dregs of sugar that sit, ferment, and become alcoholic over time. There are endless possibilities for how it can be aged, flavored, and filtered. This spirit can spice up any occasion, whether it’s adding a kick to a cocktail or giving a cake a new depth of flavor. Rum’s history, on the other hand, is not so positive. It was made on sugar plantations in the West Indies starting in the mid-1600s, produced by the labor of enslaved people, and deeply linked to triangle slave trade.