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Photograph: Nick MurwayThe Northman Cider

The one drink you have to have this weekend

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson

This week, we're getting excited about our apple picking plans and we're ready to go ahead and celebrate with some cider, a drink that makes us feel extra seasonal. We've picked one that we think everyone will enjoy, whether you're just learning that not all cider is that sweet sugary stuff or you're a seasoned cider drinker—it's the house cider at the Northman, Chicago's first cider bar.

You'll get a taste of it after pulling up a seat at the bar, a small sample is poured for everyone, and you'll want a whole glass of it immediately. It's sort of an everyman's cider—neither too sweet nor too dry, this drink is perfectly in the middle, making it ridiculously approachable. It's made with a mix of Michigan heirloom apples, including Grimes Golden, Northern Spy, Winter Banana and Winesap (it's okay if you don't know how those apples taste as a cider, you'll learn plenty at the bar). If you try the Northman's house cider, you'll begin your night with a drink that everyone can enjoy, and if you stay for another round, you'll be able to pick a cider that's exactly suited to your tastes.

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