McKenzie’s Lazy Lemon Hard Cider

After the other half came home, she decided she wanted a cider. I put this one in the fridge, which means that the only cider that we haven’t tried from McKenzie’s is their original cider. I guess next time we head up to the area (which may be in November since we got tickets to Ingrid Michaelson at the Tarrytown Music Hall), I’ll have to grab that one to finish the set. Anyways, I think this was marketed as a summer cider because of the use of lemon in it. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pucker up! You’re gonna love this little tart. Lazy Lemon has a burst of citrus without the acidic bite, giving long, carefree days a zesty punch of refreshing flavors. Serve chilled, kick back and enjoy often.”

Random: I’m hoping to get out of work early today and spend some time with the other half, who is off today. Lucky!

This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, light yellow body that had a slight green tinge to it. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was light with an aged apple smell and very light lemon. The taste had green apple juice along with lemon rind. The dominant flavor on the cider was definitely green apple. It needed more lemon to bill it as a lemon cider. The body was moderately thick with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with green apples. it was $1.79 a bottle which translates to $.15 per ounce, which is a good deal. Despite that, the cider was alright, but nothing I would buy again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

McKenzie’s Seasonal Reserve Hard Cider

Another cider review courtesy of a cider from my other half’s stash. This is the last of the ones that she got from McKenzie’s. Before we opened this, I don’t think she realized that it was a fall seasonal. Had she realized that, we may not have bought it, given the fact that it’s the middle of summer. But, we didn’t really check so…let’s see how it went.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Sip, smell and savor the rich, mulled spicy goodness of McKenzie’s Seasonal Reserve. Aromatic fall flavors warm you from the inside out, and chase away the chill on those cold nights. Serve warm or cold, but only for a limited time!”

Random: My other half constantly has the theme to “Gummi Bears” cartoon in her head.

This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, amber body with little carbonation visible. The nose was like sniffing a pumpkin pie with lots of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon and apples. The taste was really sweet, cloyingly so. Along with the sweetness, there was apple juice with even more fall spice. As in the nose, the dominant flavors were cinnamon and nutmeg with some allspice. The body was on the thick side of cider and needed the carbonation dialed up a bit. It had a long and spicy finish. This was an alright cider, but having a fall seasonal in the summer isn’t something that I’m a big fan of. It’s worth a shot and if I see it again during the fall, I’ll try it again, maybe even heated, as the label suggests.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider

Happy Sunday! The other half is still asleep, but the cat woke me up about a half an hour ago and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I’m watching my Netflix disc (which happens to be Gangland Season 5: Disc 1) which she didn’t want to watch anyways. I’m on the first episode and so far, it’s pretty good. Anyways, this was a cider that the other half let me have a few sips of. I really like black cherries, but I don’t recall ever having them in a cider. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Reserved for the darkest of hearts, McKenzie’s Black Cherry is an inspiration to hard cider – rich amber, full body with a refreshingly sweet cherry finish.”

Random: The cat has already fallen back asleep after he woke me up to feed him. It doesn’t seem fair to me.

This cider poured a clear, straw yellow color with a decent amount of carbonation visible. There was no head that poured with it, and thus no lacing left on the glass. The nose initially reminded me of cherry cough syrup. As it warmed up, it smelled more like black cherry soda and was really nice. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of black cherry notes, some sweet honey and apples. The body was on the light side with heavy carbonation. It had a long finish with black cherries. If you’re a fan of black cherry soda and apples, this is a cider that you definitely need to try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

McKenzie’s Green Apple Hard Cider

So, as I’ve mentioned, the other half really likes sweeter alcoholic beverages, whether it be a fruit beer or a cider. When she (nicely) stops when we’re away to let me make a beer run, we usually pick up some interesting looking ciders or fruit beers. This was a cider from a company that she said we had samples of during ACBF and really liked. Let’s see if we liked it as much when sampling a full bottle.


ABV: 6%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “McKenzie’s Green Apple Hard Cider has quite the kick. Maybe it’s the deliciously crisp, slightly tart bite of green apples or the 6% alcohol.”

Random: I am really glad we got the cider glass pictured for free. My other half went to summer camp in Cazenovia, New York, where the glass is from.

This cider poured with absolutely no head on top of a clear, green-tinted body that had absolutely no carbonation visible. This struck me as very odd for a cider. The nose was tart with green apples and a touch of alcohol astringency. The taste had a lot of green apples, which was no surprise and a touch of tartness. There was some alcohol presence, but it was not anything intense. The body was thin and there was absolutely no carbonation. I don’t know if we got an older bottle, but this made the cider really, really difficult to drink. The finish was thankfully quick with green apples and not much else. I would be willing to try this one again, mostly because I think there was something off about the bottle, saying I’ve never had a cider that had absolutely no carbonation. If it had some carbonation, this would have made this cider really pleasant, especially with the tartness provided by the green apples.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0