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Sidra, the Cool Summer Drink from Asturias, Spain

By August 10, 2013

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Cidra - Spanish Regional Cuisine of Asturias

Hard Cider or sidra is a traditional drink in the northwestern region of Spain, called Asturias. For hundreds of years the customary manner of pouring the cider happens this way in sidrerias: The server holds up the heavy green glass bottle high above his head, and the drinking glass down low, then begins pouring. This technique is called escanciar la sidra and is the traditional pouring method, which allows the sparkling apple cider to splash into wide mouth glasses 3 or more feet below the bottle. This aerates the cider, and Asturians swear it improves the taste. The funny looking little machine in the photo that we'll call a "cider dispenser," does essentially the same thing for those of us who haven't acquired the skills to escanciar la sidra the old fashioned way. Either way, chilled Asturian cider is a light and refreshing drink, perfect for hot summer days.

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