Here at Peachtree Roadies we love a good comeback story. Flared jeans, rose, my tricep muscles – what was once a hot item, then decidedly uncool, often finds itself in favor again! This is also the case with hard cider. What was formally the go-to beverage of the American colonists, the ultimate trendsetters, is now craft beer’s cooler and way less pretentious sister drink. I mean, it’s naturally gluten free for goodness sake!
Not only do the colonists have a leg up on us when it comes to drinking – they also had this Presidential election thing a little more under control as well. Political colonial hopefuls would often partake in “swilling the planters with bumbo,” which more or less meant they would buy voters drinks to help urge them to…shall we say…see things their way before they they cast their vote. Think this is silly? According to Mental Floss:
When a young George Washington ran for Virginia’s House of Burgesses in 1755, he didn’t shell out for drinks — and lost the election in a 271-to-40 landslide. Undeterred, Washington ran again in 1758. And this time, the cider was flowing. Washington’s campaign served up 144 gallons of hard cider and other libations, and Washington cruised into office. Without hard cider, who knows whose face would be on the $1 bill?
Now do we have your attention? GREAT. Let’s fast forward to 2016, when we were invited to visit South Carolina’s Olde English District. This district is made up of 7 counties in the north central area of the state, and received its name because of the region’s early settlement by the English in the mid 1770s. The English thought that the New World, specifically South Carolina, would be a perfect place to make wine. Spoiler alert…it was not. Enter, the Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in York, South Carolina founded in 1796!
Okay, we’re kidding. It opened in 1996…but what’s 200 years between friends!? We are 100% positive the colonists would have LOVED this place.
It is, without a doubt, the coolest cider drinking experience we’ve had on American soil. Situated on a gorgeous apple orchard, this unassuming cider stand is slinging the very best apple cider doughnuts and boozy apple juice we have ever had. Plus, the hostesses are two fat pigs that follow you around sticking their snouts in your beer and begging for doughnuts. No, really, they are swine.
We got a half dozen doughnuts to share (and ate every bite – minus the small amounts Kelly fed to the hostesses) and each got a hard cider flight, because yolo, which included six samples for $11. Best.deal.ever.
During the Fall Season the Hard Cider Bar is open on Friday afternoons, Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons. During the Spring Season (April-June) the Hard Cider Bar is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons. See their site for more details!
If you are heading to South Carolina you NEED to go here. Need. Tell the folks in the Olde English District we say hi. Also, bring me back some hard cider and doughnuts, okay? Thanks.