Rosé cider is quickly becoming our favorite drink of summer, and there are several new options on the market. These are our favorite picks that are all naturally gluten-free.

By Emily VanSchmus
June 05, 2019

We’re calling it now: Rosé cider is going to be the official drink of summer—again. We hopped on the rosé cider train last summer when Trader Joe's debuted a rosé cider that we dubbed “the most genius drink of summer,” and the trend has only gotten bigger as the weather warms up again—meaning there are more options than ever before.

If you’re new to this whole thing, you might assume this drink is a combination of pink wine and cider, but there’s actually no real rosé in these drinks. Instead, rosé ciders get their name from the red hues of the apples used to make them. Many of our favorites also incorporate elements like rose petals and hibiscus for added pink coloring and delicious taste. These are our favorite crisp, dry, sweet and fruity rosé ciders (and they’re all gluten-free!)

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Angry Orchard Spritz Rosé Hard Cider

If you like to enjoy a good cider in the summer, you’ve probably seen Angry Orchard’s rosé cider, which was released last spring. And while we’re big fans of the rosé drink, we’re even more excited about their newest release. Angry Orchard has created a brand new Spritz Rosé hard cider that hits stores today—just in time for National Rosé Day on June 7! The new beverage combines their rosé cider with the classic (and super trendy) Spritz cocktail to create a bubbly fruity cider that we can’t wait to drink in the sun. It's available in 12-ounce cans and has 4% alcohol by volume. 

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Virtue Rosé Cider

Virtue’s mission is to make their rosé cider like they’d make a traditional rosé wine, so their fresh Michigan apples are aged to perfection in French oak barrels. With hints of grapefruit and strawberries, this cider has a clean finish that’s a tiny bit tart. Virtue recommends serving this cider with anything you’d pair with a dry rosé wine—which sounds to us like a perfect excuse to throw a summer brunch for our gal pals. This cider comes in 12-ounce cans and contains 6.7% alcohol by volume.

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Crispin Rosé Cider

If you’re in the market for a sweet and crisp summer drink, Crispin’s Rosé Cider is the drink for you. Crispin uses fresh-pressed apples and pears to make the cider, which is blended with rose petals and hibiscus for a sweet, fruity drink that tastes like roses, apple and strawberry. The cider comes in cans as well as bottles, and has 5% alcohol by volume. We’re totally taking this to our next outdoor party!

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Wölffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider

According to the brand, this cider is inspired by the bohemian Hamptons lifestyle—so while you may not be summering in the Hamptons, you can feel like you are. Wölffer’s No. 129 Dry Rosé Cider is made from apples grown in upstate New York; they're hand-picked, so any apples that don't make their way into a classic apple recipe are made into crisp, fresh cider. It has a bold, slightly acidic, dry finish—and seriously gorgeous packaging. Available in both cans and bottles, this dry cider has 6.9% alcohol by volume.

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Shacksbury Rosé Cider

Shacksbury is another cider brand dedicated to making their rosé cider the way they’d make a good rosé wine. Their cider is made from fresh New England apples and then aged on Syrah and Zinfandel grape skins that are sourced directly from California wine country. This cider gets its coloring from the grape skins, which also add sweet berry notes to the cider. It’s available in 12-ounce cans and has 5.5% alcohol by volume.

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Trader Joe’s Rosé Cider

We love a good Two-Buck-Chuck, and you can usually find us browsing the Trader Joe’s wine aisle before any dinner party, but their selection of beers and ciders is excellent, too. Like we said, we loved their rosé cider last summer—and it’s back again this year. Trader Joe’s partnered with Henry Hotspur’s Hard Pressed for Cider to create the drink that’s made with apples picked in the Pacific Northwest, rose petals, and hibiscus tea. Spoiler alert: It’s delicious. The cider comes in a bottled six-pack and contains 5.8% alcohol by volume.

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Bold Rock Hard Rosé Cider

Made from apples grown and crushed in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Bold Rock’s Hard Rosé cider emphasizes its berry flavor for a finish that’s fruitier than some of the others. Enjoy it as-is, or go the extra mile and use it as a base for the ultimate summer sangria. It’s available in a bottled six-pack and has 6% alcohol by volume.

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Original Sin Dry Rosé Cider

Original Sin is known for great cider, and their rosé variation is no exception. This variety is pretty dry, and gets its blush coloring from grape skin extract that’s added to the cider. It’s made from apples grown in New York and has a slightly sweet finish. It’s available in 12-ounce cans and contains 6.5% alcohol by volume. Original Sin recommends pairing this with a grilled summer dish, so fire up the grill and invite the neighbors over!

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Strongbow Rosé Apple Cider

Strongbow’s rosé cider combines everything you love about rosé wine with notes of apple and pear for a cider that’s light, bubbly, and slightly tart. It’s excellent straight out of the bottle, but it could also be used to create a seriously delicious summer cocktail. Use this instead of regular cider in our gin-based Apple Cider Cocktail for a tasty spin on one of our favorite warm weather drinks. It comes in bottled six-packs and has 5% alcohol by volume.

Whether you're hosting an elegant summer garden party or enjoying a day on the lake, a cold rosé cider is the perfect summer refreshment. Choose one of our favorite selections, or pick up a few varieties to please everyone on your guest list. 

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