When I was asked to try the newest cider beer on the market (of the alcohol cider variety) my initial reaction was NO WAY. I haven’t had one that I was especially fond of (given how heavily flavored they tend to be) and I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be into this one either. I was able to read up a bit more about Michelob ULTRA Light Cider and thought that maybe I should give cider beer another chance.
I can honestly say that I’m glad I did.
First of all, I probably should not call this cider beer. Light cider would be more accurate. It’s similar to those other ciders that are out there but instead of the main ingredient being wheat, the main ingredient in Michelob ULTRA is apples. Guess what all you gluten free people out there? That also makes this a gluten free product!
We finally had a couple of hot days around here so I really got to put it to the test. Given that a bottle only contains 120 calories…I had two. The apple flavor was bright, crisp and refreshing and the bubbles were a welcome hit with heat. While you might expect an overly sweet apple flavor (as many ciders have that flavor profile), this has a tart apple flavor with just a hint of sweetness so you don’t feel like your tongue is coated in sugar.
After drinking my Michelob ULTRA I decided to put it to the kitchen test. You know how I like to cook with alcohol. With that great apple flavor, I couldn’t get dessert out of my head. Yes, you can have beer for dessert. But I didn’t want to really heat up the kitchen, it is summer after all. So how did I end up eating beer for dessert? I give you beer sorbet.
It’s simple to turn this crisp apple cider into a sorbet recipe. And after tasting it, you’ll see that it’s a perfect ingredient for sorbet. It tastes like you’re biting into a tart apple that’s been turned into the best shaved ice ever. I’ve made other sorbet recipes on here before, but this one has one of the strongest fruit flavors of them all.
There’s nothing tricky about this sorbet recipe and you don’t need to do anything special, just because the Michelob ULTRA is carbonated. In fact, that’s part of the reason why this sorbet recipe is so light and fluffy.
Find out more about Michelob ULTRA Light Cider here:Michelob ULTRA Light Cider page on Blogher.com or on the Sponsor’s Site.
Which favorite summer meal or activity do you think would go best with Michelob ULTRA Cider?
Remember, everything in moderation.
Recipe: Cider Beer Sorbet
- 4 Bottles Michelob ULTRA Light Cider
- 3/4 Cup of Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 7 Fresh Shiso Leaves (optional)
- Pour 3 bottles of the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider into a medium saucepan.
- Heat over medium high heat until they are reduced to 3/4 cup of liquid.
- Remove from heat.
- Add the sugar, remaining bottle of light cider and shiso leaves to another medium size saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat (this is going to foam up so pay attention to it) and cook until sugar is dissolved. You will need to occasionally stir it.
- Once this mixture has cooled, remove the shiso leaves.
- Pour both mixtures into a larger container, add the lemon juice and put into the refrigerator until completely chilled (2-4 hours).
- Pour liquid into your ice cream maker and process according to its directions.
- Spoon sorbet into a covered container and freeze for 4 hours. This sorbet will be very soft, so it needs time to harden up a bit before serving.
- Serve with a slice of lime and shiso leaves.
This recipe makes approximately 1 pint of sorbet.
Shiso is a fresh Japanese herb that can be found in some Asian grocery stores and growing in pots at some farmer’s markets. If you can’t find it, or don’t want to use it you can leave it out.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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