Love apples? Check out the Burrville Cider Mill in Watertown, New York for freshly pressed apple cider, cider donuts, orchard apples and artisan crafts.
Fall is the season of infinite foodie delight.
And besides all the delicious edibles, it’s also the time for cozy spiced drinks to start making their appearance.
That’s right — it’s apple cider season!
Apple cider is not only great on its own, but it also lends itself beautifully as an ingredient in baked goods and other treats.
So I’m pretty sure apple cider season is the best season of them all. I just love it.
In fact, one of my favorite fall cocktails is the Apple Cider Kentucky Sunrise, made with bourbon, cider, and pomegranate simple syrup!
On our latest getaway, it was really exciting to visit the Burrville Cider Mill in Watertown, New York, during peak cider season.
We got a great view of how apple cider is made and a chance to check out all the fun products for sale.
What Is Apple Cider?
This might seem like a very obvious definition, especially if you grew up drinking apple cider. But apple cider can refer to more than one thing!
The apple cider we’re talking about here is non-alcoholic, unsweetened, unfiltered apple juice.
If you’re looking for alcoholic cider, I recommend driving a few hours to tour the Angry Orchard Cider House in Walden, New York.
What is a Cider Mill?
It’s where people mill (or grind) apples to make apple cider!
The best cider mills use a variety of apples to make a complex drink with oh so many flavors all mixed together masterfully.
Visiting the Burrville Cider Mill
At the Burrville Mill, there are lots of different apples on hand to buy.
If you get the timing right, you can even watch them mill the apples.
The mill is only open during cider season, so be sure to check the website for up-to-date information about their schedule.
Looking for places to eat in this area of New York? Bella’s riverside bistro in nearby Clayton is also open seasonally and is only about a 30-minute drive away!
The mill is located in an area of natural beauty: there’s even a waterfall to check out on site!
Inside the Burrville Cider Mill store, you’ll find lots of local treats for sale.
Also, there’s more available than just cider-based items! The store stocks locally harvested honey and maple syrup, artisan ceramics, and more.
Of course, you can buy apple cider by the gallon. Which is exactly what we did.
And don’t forget about apple cider donuts! You can try both plain apple cider donuts or ones topped with cinnamon sugar.
The donuts are sold fresh, but there are also day-old ones you can still buy.
We left the mill with donuts and frozen apple cider for the car ride.
It had been a happy visit.
If you’re traveling in western upstate New York and it happens to be fall, a trip to Burrville Cider Mill will help you (and your taste buds) enjoy the season to the full.