We are proud of everything we produce at The Gilcrease Orchard but our cider is our signature item! The naturally sweet, robust flavor comes from the variety of apples we grow ourselves.
Every year about 80 tons of apples are harvested for our apple cider. We use our gala, yellow gala, an early red variety and a touch of Granny Smith to temper the sweetness. Absolutely NOTHING else is added. Other producers may include sugar, corn syrup or a preservative like potassium sorbate, which can effect the taste. But not our cider! When we say nothing is added, we mean nothing, so you get only the full flavor of our delicious apples.
Almost minutes after our apples are pressed and the cider is bottled, they are sent to our on-site freezer to protect the freshness and extend the shelf life because we don’t use any preservatives. This is why when you come to the Orchard to buy cider it is often still frozen. Once the cider thaws, it remains good up to two weeks in the refrigerator.