Being completely on the same page with someone from the jump is a rare thing. But synchronicity came easy at 10am after a few bottles of Steampunk Cider with Jonathan and Jerod at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery's tasting room in Medina, N.Y. We kept drinking for a while (and talking about Juggalos, for whatever reason) but eventually got down to the business of this tasty collaborative series.
We always felt that Leonard Oakes makes the best sparkling cider around and we always knew that we wanted to make raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar so the pairing just made perfect sense. Apples are picked and juiced on their Medina, N.Y. farm before being fermented into their Steampunk Cider. Once fully fermented, the cider then gets moved to our Buffalo, N.Y. location where we secondary ferment the cider into a tart, full-bodied, rich apple cider vinegar.
STEAMPUNK FIRE TONIC:
Once the vinegar is fully aged we load it up with anti-inflammatory ingredients: garlic, ginger, turmeric, lemons, oranges, horseradish, habaneros and more are steeped for a minimum of 30 days before being blended with raw honey. One shot a day will keep the doctor at bay.
Steampunk Cider is amazing but before its fermented it's a wonderful sort of apple juice. We use that delicious juice and blend it with our kombucha for a tart, sweet and refreshing kombucha.