6 Cider & Food Pairings for Valentine’s Day

The season of love is upon us, and we can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than wooing your sweetheart with our crisp, refreshing apple ciders paired with seductive dishes that will touch all of your senses.

First, set the mood. Burn a sprig of sandalwood (the scent is rumored to have an alluring effect on your partner), light a fire or a candle and let these pairings tempt your taste buds—and your partner.

Spicy Guacamole

Start your night off right with this creamy, spicy guacamole. The Aztecs regarded the avocado as an arousing fruit because of its shape. Why not make this dip together fireside? The spicy guacamole will pair well will Jack’s Original because it is dry, crisp and refreshing—just like biting into the perfect apple.

Oysters with Champagne Mignonette and Ruby Red Grapefruit

Oysters have long been rumored to be an aphrodisiac, and this recipe also includes pink peppercorns and grapefruit to up the attraction quotient. You can even shuck them together for a fun activity! This recipe will pair well with our Original cider or Dry Hopped cider, which has subtle citrus and herbal flavors and aromas. Switch up the mignonette and make it with one of our ciders, minced shallots and zested ginger for another winning flavor combination.

Goat Cheese Spread with Lavender and Honey

Another perfect Valentine’s Day appetizer is this velvety goat cheese spread. Lavender has been referred to as the herb of love, so it’s sure to ignite some romance. Serve it with crusty bread and fruits alongside our new Pear Cider. Its acidic body and smooth pear finish will complement the tanginess of the goat cheese.

Caramelized Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

This sweet dessert also has some savory notes, and figs historically have been known as the fruit of passion. The recipe takes only 15 minutes from start to finish, leaving plenty of room for romance. Pair it with our Peach Cider for a refreshing taste of fruit flavor.

Strawberry Tart with Whipped Cream

This is the easiest dessert you will ever make, but your partner will think you slaved over a hot oven all day. You can make the tart ahead of time and then make the whipped cream together. It pairs well with our smooth, fruit-forward Helen’s Blend.

Poached Pears with Chocolate-Pear Sauce

This sexy dessert calls for dry white wine, but you can substitute in our Pear Cider for a perfect pairing. The drizzle of warm chocolate adds an extra sweet touch for your sweetheart. Of course, pair it with our Pear Cider to really heighten the pear flavors of the dish.

Looking for more cider pairing ideas that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day? Check out our recipe for Jack’s Hard Cider infused fondue and our cider and cheese pairings.

Learn more about Jack’s Hard Cider and explore our cider lineup here.

Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.

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