With Oahu being as small as it is, you’d think we’d be well aware of all we have to offer. We’re not. At least, I’m not. I find new spots everyday, which I’m thankful for because it keeps life exciting on this little rock. I want to share with you this absolute gem I recently found. I’ve known about it for a while now, but I’ve only just been able to pay a visit. It took me a while to hit it up, but I don’t want anyone else to live in the dark any longer!
Paradise Ciders is the first hard cider company to hit the islands. I absolutely love their logo. The island-apple combo? So creative! These guys have taken cider to a whole new level with their locally inspired flavors, including “Leid Back Lilikoi,” “Pineapple Mojito,” and my favorite, “Guava Lava”. You’ll find them at shops and restaurants around the island, but you must stop by their Tasting Room in Kalihi. If you’re of age and enjoy a drink with a bit of a bite, this place is for you!
Stop by when the sun’s going down. The string lights turn on and you instantly feel the atmosphere change. It’s cozy. The cider is cold but you feel warm. The place buzzes with good conversations. Their sweet pup, Kaia, roams around the tables, peeking up at those who have food, but never approaching. She’s shy and sweet.
You look up at the menu. The 12 flavors can be a bit overwhelming. I mean, let’s face it — every flavor looks enticing! There’s a solution. The four drink flight for $8 is the best way to taste a few of ciders you have your eye on. Bring a few friends and get all 12. Trust me, it’s worth it!
When I hopped over to Paradise Ciders after work last night, I opted for a flight. I chose all the drinks my friends didn’t try. That left me with “Mango Daze,” “Kickit Lime,” “How Do You Like Dem
Apples Pears,” and “Cucumber Sour.” Cucumber Sour really hits you with the scent of the cucumber, but the taste isn’t as strong. It wasn’t completely my jam because I’m not so much a cucumber girl, but you know what was? How Do You Like Dem Apples Pears! It was light and fruity, crisp and just what I needed. Overall, though, Guava Lava is the way to go. Maybe it’s the island vibe of the drink that got me, but it’s just so good!
It’s pretty easy to spend a few hours here, chatting away or playing an intense game of jenga. So make it your next post-work hangout spot and enjoy the moment with some friends! Paradise Ciders is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 3pm to 8pm. On Sundays they’re open from 1pm to 6pm. And if you need food, no worries! They usually host Pop Up Chefs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On other nights, there’s pizza by the slice.