Argentinians Do Cider In Style


You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently – Liz was nobly holding down the fort while I was gallivanting around South America last month, soaking up as much sunshine as possible before resigning myself to the dark days of winter in this part of the hemisphere.

I spent a good chunk of time in Argentina, which is obviously famous for its red wine and Quilmes beer, but I was pleasently surprised to find a few bars stocking local cider.

One of my favourites was in the San Telmo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires – a historic bar called La Poesia that had been once frequented by the great and the good of Argentinian bohemian and literary society (the tables have little brass plaques noting the famous patrons that wrote there) .  The ‘sidra’ on the menu was about £4 for a bottle, which I thought was fairly reasonable.  It wasn’t until an ice bucket arrived on the table that I realised I’d ordered a full 750ml wine size bottle!  Not only that but the waitress wrapped it in in a cotton napkin and proceded to pour it champagne-style.

It was a sweet, light, easy drinking cider – a little too on the sweet side for my preference, but that was probably for the best as I had to rope my other half (a non-cider drinker)  into helping me tackle it.  Although it wasn’t the best cider I’ve ever had, I was chuffed to see cider getting the star treatment from the Argentinians.  I don’t think I’ve ever felt so glamorous drinking cider – UK bars should take note!

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Comments: 2

  1. Marie Says:
    January 18th, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Can’t imagine that will catch on at the saltaire beer festival but you could try!

  2. kath Says:
    January 18th, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I could take my own champagne flute and see if they’ll serve me third pints in it, but I don’t think it would go down well!

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