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Apr 23, 2010 07:52 PM

Where to buy Spanish Cider in OC?


I'm in search of Spanish Cider & kicked my self for not getting a bottle while in Madrid last month ( the thought of packing it in the check-in suitcase deterred me). I'm going to Orange County tomorrow, if you know any where I can get one , please point me to the place.


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  1. I'm not familiar with Spanish cider - can you tell us how it differs from other styles ?

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    1. I have been looking for Basque cider for aeons and haven't found it; it simply isn't imported, at least not in commercial quantities. Maybe give La Espanola in Harbor City a call to see if they have a lead for you?

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        Here's a link to their website. The website address is the owner's name so don't let that throw you:

        1. re: bulavinaka

          Thanks. I'll check it out next time when I trek up there. Want some Iberico ham, too. Yum.

          1. re: kayla8

            A Quick search of the site found this

            El Gaitero Cidra - Sparkling Cider
            Code: 8924
            Price: $5.99
            Sparkling cider neutral light crispness, delightful with food. El Gaitero.


            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              Thank you so much for the search. Yes, now I know it is called "cidra" or "sidra" & . Most of them are $5-$8 + SH.

              First I wasn't sure if sparking cider was "Spanish cider " until I see the ingredients of the cider that contains apple & plum. It could be some other fruit cider. :>)

              1. re: kayla8

                Mattapoisett and I were probably searching at about the same time - I found the same. La Tienda's website has sidra as well.

                1. re: bulavinaka

                  correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure that sidra, and every other spanish/basque one i've encountered 'round these parts, is NON alcoholic, and, well, what's the fun in that?

                  1. re: linus

                    That I wouldn't know - never tried the stuff either way. I'm familiar with the sidra in Spain only from what I've seen in mags and TV. The stuff over there that gets featured is the still sidra - non-carbonated - and they hold and pour the sidra from high over their heads into the glass tilted at an angle, hitting the rim and creating bubbles from the aeration. This is slurped down as soon as possible to catch the sidra in this very temporary state.

                    Looks like the OP wants to use it for cooking a Spanish dish. I don't know if actual Spanish sidra is necessary. I think capturing the character of the sidra would be more important. So since I've never tried sidra in the first place, I'm a poor source of advice. There are some very nice domestic ciders ranging from simple to great complexity. But these are somewhat limited in supply. I've tried ciders from this artisan maker and found them to be worthy for consumption:


                    1. re: linus

                      Sidra is alcoholic, but not terribly so.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        i'm aware sidra is alcoholic, however, i'm not sure what they call 'sidra' on, for example, the la tienda site, is.
                        i remember emailing the la tienda guy a coupla years back and asking if they would ever be getting the alcoholic stuff, and he said he was trying, but...
                        i should have typed "the" before "sidra" on my first post to indicate i wasn't speaking of sidra in general. lo siento.

                        1. re: linus

                          o.k., i just checked la tienda and the spanish table, and while the stuff on la tienda is NON alcoholic, it appears does carry two kinds that IS alcoholic.
                          i've never seen any in any l.a. wine store i have been in.

                          1. re: linus

                            Most European cider is alcoholic 3%-7%.

                              1. re: linus

                                Fermented ciders are usually similar in ranges of alcohol as various beers. The brewer I cited above is in that range as well. Aside from their apple brandy, their brews are around 7-8% and sip like a nice bright complex cider with a little tail of alcohol wagging along.

                                1. re: bulavinaka

                                  sheesh. irony sure is lost on the interweb.

                                  1. re: linus

                                    Sorry - I couldn't pick up on the tone of your voice. ;-)

                                    1. re: bulavinaka

                                      nothing that couldn't be solved by a casual stroll upthread.

                                      1. re: linus

                                        And that I did. I'm just getting a little to dull on the edges, I guess...

                                        1. re: bulavinaka

                                          heck, i think you're too hard on yourself. you've earned a sidra or two. i hear it has alcohol in it, so it should be festive and/or relaxing.

                            1. re: linus

                              The Sidra el Gaitero with a silver cap and golden cap are alcoholic. Only the green cap is non alcoholic, at least that's the way it is in Spain. The one in the store is the silver one, at least on the picture. I personally prefer the silver over the gold one, being the gold one the premium, which is drier.

                              It's unfortunate that the prices in the store seem a little bit high, even though if you have in account the customs and shipping it probably makes sense. The silver one costs merely $2 in Spain.

          2. La Tienda has them:

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            1. re: OCAnn

              Thanks. Some one fr. San Diego forum recommended that, too. I'll check it out. Already back to San Diego so the only way for me is getting it on line or call couple stores in San Diego fr. some reccomendations.

              I feel like making a chorizo in Spanish cider for a tapas. Sounds delicious.

            2. La Gaitera Sidra from La Espanola in Harbor City is alcoholic (5-7%). We buy it all the time and have it with our seafood (paella and grilled).

              1. Yes, go to "El Camaguey" market on Venice Blvd in West Los Angeles across from Culver Center. This market, named for a city in Cuba has been my go to when in Los Angeles. I've purchased Spanish and Argentine ciders there as well as Spanish ingredients for Paella. If you feel adventurous, call the Spanish Table in Berkeley CA. Since I've been living in the Bay Area for several years now., this is where I go. This store brings me back to my stay in Spain many years ago. They've got EVERYTHING from the usual to unusual ingredients that seem impossible to locate elsewhere. Good luck in your search!

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                1. re: Homewinemaker

                  Lincoln Fine Wine has Sidra Petritegi (Spanish Basque)