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How Much Sugar is in Cider?

How Much Sugar is in Cider?

Considered by many to be the ultimate summer drink, it really is hard to beat a nice cold cider on a hot day. Often synonymous with festivals and other outdoor events, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who won’t enjoy a glass of cider this summer - especially as the UK has the world's highest per capita consumption, as well as being home to the world’s largest cider-producing companies.

But with summer edging closer and the days getting warmer, you may be starting to wonder just how heavy on the waistline this great British classic is, and whether any more forgiving alternatives are available. Let’s take a look.

How much sugar is in cider?

On average, one pint of 4.5% ABV cider will contain around 210 calories, though the true figure could be much higher or lower than this depending on the particular brand you are drinking. Due to the sugar content varying so widely between brands, which depends on the fermentation process used, it is difficult to give an average sugar content. To give you a better idea, we have compiled the below list of sugar content in some popular brands of cider.

Cider

Sugar (per pint)

Strongbow 

15.9g

Stowford press

6g

Thatchers Gold 

23g

Scrumpy Jack

13.6g

Aspall Premier

16g

Stella Artois 

20.5g

Magners

21g

Somersby Apple

46g

Bulmers Original 

16g

 Fruit flavoured ciders have become increasingly popular in recent years, with a variety of sweet and fruity options now on offer. However, it's not going to come as a surprise to anyone who has ever tasted sweet fruit flavoured ciders that tend to contain large amounts of sugar. For example, a pint of Rekorderlig Wild Berries will contain a staggering 48g of sugar, which is more sugar than you would find in a can of coke, and almost double the amount in a Creme Egg!

 Where does the sugar in cider come from?

The fruit used to make cider is naturally high in sugar, which is why cider is higher in sugar than beer, typically made from malted grains (usually barley), hops, and yeast. As part of the brewing process, yeast is added to the juice to begin the fermentation. It is the method used in this fermentation process that generally dictates how much sugar will be in the cider. For example, for a dry cider, the yeast is left to consume nearly all of the sugar in the juice, converting the sugar to alcohol and resulting in a less sweet cider with a higher ABV. On the other hand, where a sweet cider is desired, the juice is strained to remove the yeast meaning more sugar is left in the cider. Some cider makers even add sugar to the mix to appeal to the sweet-toothed drinkers among us!

Is it possible to get low sugar cider?

The good news is that it is indeed very possible to get low sugar ciders - you don’t have to pick a sugar-packed sweet cider if you don’t want to. As we have already mentioned, dry ciders tend to have much less sugar. So in the absence of good nutritional labelling, your best bet is to pick a dry cider when looking to cut back on sugar consumption. Additionally, some cider makers are now specifically producing low sugar ciders in recognition of the global shift towards healthier lifestyles. For example, Drink Well is pleased to be able to offer you the Kopparberg Summer Fruits Light lower sugar cider - a light version of the fabulously fruity Kopparberg cider that we all know and love. A refreshingly light and fruity serve, Kopparberg Summer Fruits Light Cider mixes raspberry with the subtle sweetness of fresh blueberry and unleashes maximum fruit flavour in a lower calorie option. Still packing the fruity punch and at 4% ABV, you compromise nothing in strength. Kopparberg Light contains only 83 Calories per 250ml serving. Additionally, this light version contains more than 3 times less sugar than the standard Kopparberg mixed fruit (6.5g per 250ml can compared to 22.5g per 250ml). Get ready for a summer of fun and order a case of 12x250ml cans from the Drink Well website for £22.99.

  • Kopparberg Summer Fruits Light - 12x250ml
  • £22.99
Nutrition details (per can/bottle)
ABV4%
Calories83
Sugars6.5g

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