Stutz Hard Apple Cider was generous enough to send me some of their fantastic beverage to review! I had tried their cider on Canada Day down by the harbour where they were giving out free samples so I knew this was going to be a great product review to do. Not only was I got going to drink a fabulous hard apple cider, I was going to play with it!
First, I wanted to make my own mock version of a crantini. I put in half cranberry juice and half Stutz and wow, talk about tasting like summer! Strong, sweet with an edge, I do not drink very often but this was fantastic.
I also wanted to cook with it so I used some in Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa’s Butternut Squash and Apple Soup Recipe. I combined Stutz with some chicken broth and used it in this simple soup that you have to try. This recipe is simple, perfect for beginners are well as vegetarians! Just use a veggie stock instead. I divided the recipe in half and it still made a ton.
I sauteed some onions in olive oil and butter with a tablespoon of mild curry powder.
I added the squash, apples, salt and pepper and the broth/cider into the pot instead of just using water. I brought it to a boil and cooked for 40 minutes until everything was soft.
I was making this for dinner and had lots of time before we ate so I put the food mill on top of the crockpot to process and keep warm until it was time to eat. I used the medium blade so it would still be well processed without being too thin or chunky. If you do not have a food mill you can just use a food processor or blender instead.
What a beautiful soup! My only complaint is it is a little too sweet for me, I think a dollop of sour cream would make this soup perfect. Hardy, rich flavour with depth thanks to the Stutz, served with cheesy dill bread makes this meal a winner.
Stutz is a delicious and wildly refreshing hard apple cider. It is made from six kinds of apples in the Annapolis Valley here in Nova Scotia and is completely natural and pure. No preservatives, sugar, flavours… it is the real deal.
It is so good I had to continuously remind my husband not to drink it all because I needed it for my test kitchen. He loved it so much we may have to keep our fridge stocked with some so we can keep indulging. I am not a beer drinking and absolutely adore hard apple cider. It tastes so much cleaner and true to me. Stutz will be my choice from now on.
I give Stutz Hard Apple Cider five out of five wooden spoons.