Product Review: Cranes Cranberry Cider

Cranes Cranberry Cider Review

Fresh and Fruity Cranes Cranberry Ciders

Twins Ben and Dan Ritsema are the guys behind Cranes, who are most well-known for producing a cranberry-based liqueur (which we shall need to review at a later date!) in Cambridgeshire. Now they are producing a cider that is a bit different from other ciders out there.  Why so? Because these are made from a base of cranberries and apples rather than just apples. This makes it not only a vibrant looking cider but also one which has 30% fewer calories due to using natural fruit sugars.

Cranes Cranberry Cider ReviewThe Cranes Cider comes in three flavours. Cranberries and limes; blueberries and apples; and raspberries and pomegranates.  Each one using the cranberry and apple cider base.

I’m generally more of a dry cider fan, the mainstream ciders are a bit too sweet for me.  So let’s crack them open, with Mr Foodie and Mr C for a taste test.

Cranes Cider Cranberries and Lime – crisp and refreshing, definite cranberry taste there with a tart background from the lime. Mr Foodie couldn’t believe that the drink was alcoholic, whereas Mr C commented that it wasn’t as sweet as a lot of ciders on the market.

Cranes Cranberry Cider Review

Cranes Cider Blueberries and Apples – Good blueberry aroma but the taste wasn’t as strong but still a thumbs up here.

Cranes Cider Raspberries and Pomegranates – The raspberry calmed the sourness of the pomegranate. Another soft and fruity drink.  We all agreed that this was the sweetest out of the three tasted.  An easy to drink cider, the sweetness might be overbearing after a little while with this flavour.

Cranes Cranberry Cider Review

These would be perfect for a summer evening, sitting in the garden with some friends and a BBQ.  We all agreed that the cider was perfect on its straight from a fridge. No need to top up with ice. None of the ciders are fizzy / gassy.


  • Mrs Foodie – Cranes Cranberries and Lime
  • Mr Foodie – Cranes Cranberries and Lime
  • Mr C – Cranes Blueberries and Apples

Want to know more? Visit the Cranes Drink website.

Cranes Cranberry Cider Review

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Disclaimer: We were sent Cranes Cider for free for this review but thoughts are our own.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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