Though I spend a lot of time in bars (tough gig, I know), I'm not a judgmental drinker. As long as you tip your bartender and are sober enough to balance atop your barstool, I'm of the opinion that you can fill your glass with whatever your heart desires. So what's the deal with cider shaming?
As an increasing number of bars, especially those with craft beers, devote a draft line or two to hard cider, I've witnessed frequent scoffs at those who order it. Not cool, guys. While craft beer's popularity has made it acceptable to slowly sip beers out of delicate tulip glasses, some misinformed folks still regard cider as a wussy drink. Let's change that, shall we?
For my fellow cider aficionados, I present this handy guide to ordering cider—and silencing the haters:
Step 1: Order by brand. You wouldn't walk up to a bar and ask for just "a beer" would you? Individual ciders are very different; make sure you know which you like.
Step 2: Drink with confidence. Ladies, this can generally be accomplished with a long sip, followed by an over-the-shoulder hair swish. Dudes, don't look like you're trying to hide your glass.
Step 3: Be informed. If one of your ill-mannered friends does crack a joke about your "weak cider," have some facts on hand to refute them. You can explain that alcohol-wise, most ciders are comparable to ales at 5 or 6 percent. Then tell them about what type of cider you're drinking and why; "I like a brut cider for its crisp acidity" shows that you've purposefully chosen your drink.
Step 4: Share. Most cider critics simply haven't tried the full range of ciders now hitting tap lines. Share a sip of your cider and you may just convert some skeptics.
See? Easy as pie. But should your friends still throw shade at your cider order, take comfort in the fact that you have royal company: Prince William has publicly proclaimed his preference for cider over beer. And if a handsome Air Force pilot married to Kate Middleton isn't the height of awesomeness, I don't know what is.
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