ORCHARD HILL HARD CIDERS express the apples they are made from, the land those apples are grown on, and the makers’ devotion to quality.
Orchard Hill’s mission to revive the tradition of authentic farm-based cider production began to be realized by partnering with Soons Orchards. This partnership expands the orchards’ 112-year history of apple-growing expertise to include cider. Orchard Hill believes in quality over quantity, and the makers first and foremost create ciders they like to drink. Therefore, they focus on food-friendly, drier styles that look to the great cider traditions of France, Spain, and the West Country of England for inspiration, while primarily being guided by the fruit to make quintessentially New York State cider.
Using traditional fermentation and distilling methods, Orchard Hill products are made with a minimum of intervention, and never contain concentrates or artificial flavorings of any kind. While traditional and purist in outlook, this cider mill looks to innovate, so don’t be surprised to find bottlings that pleasantly surprise.
Hospitality is paramount at Orchard Hill, where guests receive a gracious welcome. The restaurant offers smartly executed farm to table comfort food. Seasonal menus may include chipotle grilled chicken, pork loin, pepper shooters, burgers, paninis (and more) to enjoy with cider flights, creative cocktails and a carefully curated selection of New York State beer, wine and spirits. (Also, VIP members of the Orchard Hill Cider Club can enjoy special seasonal events and dinners.)
Orchard Hill’s food-friendly ciders really shine when enjoyed with expertly prepared local foods, especially while relaxing in their newly expanded cidery. The inviting and comfortable event space is in sync with their thoughtful approach to cider making; featuring classic salvaged architectural details from the surrounding area, and wood surfaces harvested from the orchards to create a harmonious environment.
Orchard Hill is a multi-seasonal destination offering tastings and events year-round. The cidery is a must-visit, perennial New York experience. Traditional harvest activities take place during the fall, but spring and summer are also a wonderful time to enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio with heated seating, as well as the gorgeous Empire room. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended especially in high season (fall and spring) when there can be a long wait time.
ORCHARD HILL CIDER MILL
25 Soons Circle
New Hampton, NY 10958
New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving (open until 1pm), Christmas
$10.00 for a Cider Flight
Andrew Emig, Jeffrey Soons, Carolyn Titone
Andrew Emig, Jeffrey Soons,
Karl duHoffmann, John Rice