Lyme Bay Winery’s award-winning Jack Ratt Sparkling Cider, a traditional west country carbonated cider made in Shute, Devon, is just the tipple to embrace autumn’s harvest and usher in those cooler months. With an invitingly sweet apple aroma and a crisp, bold and refreshing flavour, this Sparkling Cider is a celebration of the county’s cider making heritage and the area’s swashbuckling past.
As golden as the autumn leaves falling from the trees and with a lively fizz reminiscent of the crashing waves along the Jurassic Coast, Jack Ratt Sparkling Cider is made using a blend of freshly-pressed juice from local apples. Taking its name from 19th century smuggler, Jack Rattenbury, the chosen apples include Tramlett’s Bitter, Foxwhelp and Tom Putt, all of which would have been used in cider making during Jack’s own lifetime.
Packaged in new-look 500ml bottles, which illustrate their namesake’s quest to hide his contraband in caves and sunken barrels off the coast, retrieving them by ‘creeping’ the ocean floor with a grappling hook, Jack Ratt Sparkling Cider is the perfect drink to ward off the chill with family and friends at autumn feasts, gatherings and celebrations, as the nights begin to draw in.
Jack Ratt Sparkling Cider, RRP £2.55 for a 500ml bottle, is available from Waitrose stores in the south west, as well as independent retailers, including delis, farm shops, butchers and grocery stores across the UK, and online at www.lymebaywinery.co.uk.