Orchard Hill Cider Mill

Cider Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Orchard Hill Cider Mill (Up to 38% Off)

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Orchard Hill works to revive the tradition of authentic farm-based alcoholic beverage production with their handmade hard ciders

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  • Cider Tasting for Two
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  • Cider Tasting for Six

Alcohol Proof: Of Taxation and Libations

Check out Groupon’s guide to alcohol proof to learn the reasoning behind the way a drink’s potency is measured.

Different drinks pack different punches depending on how much they’ve been fermented and distilled—and the way that alcohol content is measured differs depending on where it’s made. The typical lager contains 4–5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and the typical whiskey or vodka rings in at 40% ABV, but spirits are more commonly measured in proof and chest-hair growth. In America, the typical whiskey is 80 proof—double the ABV percentage when measured at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In the United States, the standard proof equals 100, on a scale that ranges from 0 to a theoretical 200. (In reality, not all water and barley tears can be distilled out of ethanol, making the maximum distilled spirit 191 proof).

The French scale, on the other hand, uses 100% ABV as 100 proof and 100% water as 0 proof—which would seem to be more straightforward. In fact, the apparent arbitrariness of the American system stretches back to the tax laws of 16th-century England. In those days, liquors were taxed according to the amount of alcohol they contained. To measure this, officials would soak a pellet of gunpowder in the liquor and put a flame to it. If the pellet burned steadily with a blue flame, it was considered “proof;” if it failed to burn, it would be considered underproof—likely watered down—and if it burned out quickly, it was overproof. “Proof,” it turns out, was roughly 57.1% ABV—roughly the same as a typical English 100-proof liquor today. Simplifying that system gave the United States its current double-sized scale.

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Promotional value expires 150 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Merchant is solely responsible for all sales and delivery of alcohol. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift(s). May be repurchased every 120 days. Limit 1 per visit. Must use promotional value in 1 visit(s). Valid only for option purchased. Must provide 21+ ID to receive alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is not discounted more than 50%. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Orchard Hill Cider Mill

What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?

The Orchard Hill Tasting Room, offers one-of-a-kind selections of carefully curated, small batch, artisanal products all produced in New York state. Our evening events are a great way to sample and spend a Friday and Saturday night.

What was the inspiration to start or run this business?

The desire to revive the tradition of authentic farm-based alcoholic beverage production in the Hudson Valley.

What do you love most about your job?

We love the creativity. Our company was started with a grant from Career Transitions for Dancers, and two of our partners are former Broadway performers. The third partner’s orchard represents over 150 years of family farming of which he is the third generation.

What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?

We create cider for wine drinkers. When customers realize our cider is not alcoholic apple juice, and express surprise (as one customer did by stating that our cider is “amazingly dry and complex—with layers of apples” we feel a wonderful sense of gratification. The tasting room is also a fun place to spend a Saturday night.

Orchard Hill Cider Mill

Nightlife, Bar, Brewery, Winery & Distillery, Beer Tasting
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