Kick start your Christmas meal over the festive period with the perfect precursor tipple for any occasion from craft cider pioneers, Hawkes.

Taking inspiration from the entrepreneurial spirit that drives London life, Soul Trader is made from just a single variety of 2018 discovery apples and fermented on-site by chief cider maker, Roberto.

Pale and bubbly in appearance, the lightly sparkling cider bursts with orange and floral notes that give way to a yeast-like background. Similar in feel to a light champagne, the balanced taste delivers a twist of apple tart, and a pleasing acidity that makes it the ideal entry beverage to a delicious meal.

Available in 750ml 5.4% ABV bottles, Soul Trader is available to buy from the Hawkes website for £8.00. Alternatively, you can come pick it up yourself from their south London based Taproom and Cidery on Bermondsey’s Druid Street.

Over the weekend Soul Trader was also reviewed on Sunday Brunch by drinks expert Gabe Cook – aka the Ciderologist.