Local boozy tea-and-cider brand drops just in time for summer

Jun 26 2020, 3:40 pm

Good weather is finally upon us, and that means one thing: cider.

Okay, it means a few things, but cider is one of them.

Sipping on a cold drink (whether on your patio or by the beach) is one of the most refreshing and relaxing ways to enjoy the summertime, and we’re all about it.

Deciding what to buy can be a bit of a mission, though. And if you’re sick of the same old options at your local liquor store, we’re here to spill the tea on the new… well, tea.

The View Winery, as part of its Wards Cider line, is brewing up something brand new with its blend of cider and tea: InfiniTea.

The craft apple cider is fermented in stainless steel tanks onsite and, after fermentation, mixed with Chaibaba loose-leaf organic teas (also local to Kelowna) in small lots. The result is a flavourful, aromatic brew with hints of tannin and fruity, floral notes.

As an innovator in the field, the winery was the first to offer estate-crafted wine in a can and use augmented reality technology on its wine labels. Now, it’s on the cutting edge of the tea-and-cider beverage movement in Canada.

InfiniTea is made with estate-grown heirloom apples that are grown, crushed, fermented, and packaged at The View’s fifth-generation, family-owned orchard in Kelowna. The new fruit-forward cider is dry, refreshing, and has reduced sugar and alcohol, as well as all-natural ingredients.

Jennifer Molgat, who heads up the cidery and winery, says that they have seen growing interest among the younger generation in “ready-to-drink” beverage. Their intention with InfiniTea is to make something that sets itself apart from the crowd.

“InfiniTea not only tastes great, but it’s also lower in alcohol and calories. It’s the first part that’s most important to people, the taste,” Molgat says.

“We wanted to come up with a new product that reminds people that cider is a great, natural choice,” she elaborates.

The current selection of flavours are all inspired by constellations found in the Northern Hemisphere. These include Chaibaba’s Vanilla Honeybush (aka Lynx the Cat), Strawberry Kiwi (aka Lupus the Wolf), Stone Fruit Hibiscus (aka Ursa Major), and Tropical Green Tea (aka Pegasus the Winged Horse).

You can find the refreshing tea-and-cider beverages in your local private liquor store by looking for four-packs of cans dotted with stars. The products are also available at select Save-On-Foods and at Wards Cider in Kelowna.

Grab your friends, pick your flavour, and get ready to cheers!

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