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Oct 2, 2006 11:04 PM

Ritz Warm Cider

SO has just phoned from business trip. Claims that he is enjoying "most lucious beverage ever" in Ritz lobby - a complimentary warm bavarian cherry cider. He does not think there is booze in it. Anyone had/know what's in it. He wants a recreation.

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  1. Sorry, no ideas. I just had to post to let you know that I thought "ritz warm cider" meant a combo of ritz crackers and cider. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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    1. re: oakjoan

      Ditto... sort of a beverage take on the Ritz mock apple pie.

      1. re: JMF

        Yuck. Sorry to be confusing. I never got that mock apple pie.

    2. You might try using a cherry juice (Like TJ's Just Cherry) and use mulling spices like you would for apple cider.

      Cinnamon stick chunks, dried orange rind, nutmeg, whole allspice and cloves....tied in a cheescloth or muslin bag.

      Float some orange slices in the serving bowl.

      Go easy on the spices, just a pinch of each spice per 1/2 gallon.

      Keep below a simmer or it can get too strong quickly and also burn lips.

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      1. re: toodie jane

        Except pasteurized juice is not really cider. Real cider is alive and fermentable. Pasteurized juice is dead as a doornail. Pasteurized apple cider is simply unfiltered apple juice, perhaps made with more cider apples than apple juice normally is.

        1. re: Karl S

          where I work we sell a locally pressed unfiltered apple juice product that is called apple cider. It is flash pasturized and will ferment if not kept refrigerated even before opening. We freeze it so guests can take it home safely even if they don't have an ice chest. They can also buy it from the fridge for immediate consumption. Boy is it good! Our vendor makes it with several (2-4) apple varieties depending on what's in season.

      2. Our local Fruit Farm who makes outstanding apple cider also makes a cherry cider, so you might call around to different fruit farms to see if they have a cherry cider that you could doctor up.

        1. I just Googled "Warm Bavarian Cherry Cider" and found a link that has a "Bavarian Cider" that says it's made with hot cider with apple schnapps.

          Is there a cherry flavored cordial that could be added to hot cider?

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            1. re: Karl S

              Duh. :-) As soon as I posted "cherry flavored cordial" I'm thinking "wait - isn't there a cherry heering" something or other?

              And I just Googled "Cherry Cider" and it looks like Knudsen's makes a "cherry cider" which mostly seems to be apple, cherry, pineapple and plum juice concentrates.


              So perhaps the Ritz is heating up regular juice, sticking a cinnamon stick in it and calling it cider? For XXX dollars? :-)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Well, there is such a thing as cherry cider (I don't recall if it has a different name, at least in English -- pear cider is properly called perry, for example). It can be hard to come by, so that would be worth having. The Knudsen stuff is simply juice fancified with the moniker of cider. Still dead, dead, dead.

                1. re: Karl S

                  I agree on the dead, dead, dead. Unpasteurized only.

                  1. re: missem

                    Ahhh, skipped right over that word "complimentary". Sorry about that. :-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      No problem. Free is relative concept at Ritz anyway.

            2. Was it by chance the Ritz in San Francisco?

              See if this may be it:



              It is using apple juice and cherry juice, but the title has come up in a couple of Ritz googles.

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              1. re: hummingbird

                I was the DC one, but this looks promising. Thanks!