The Sugar In Cider

The definitive guide to how much sugar is in each glass of cider.

 I researched 144 ciders:

0%
had info on the label or packaging
51%
had info on the website
49%
had no publicly available info at all

I want people to drink and eat what they want. I also think it’s important that making informed choices should be easy.

I really believe that transparency is better, and that brewers should do more to make the nutritional information of their drinks clearer. But, until then, here are the results of emailing, calling, and searching to find out what each cider contained.

Notes

Stats

All figures are direct from the brewers unless otherwise stated.

Sugar per 100 ml is to one decimal place; sugar per drink is to the nearest gram; and % of your daily free sugars to the nearest percent.

Sizing

I've chosen to display the two top sizes of drinks available for each cider. Some ciders are sold in massive bottles, so I've chosen a pint as that drink (serving) size, so it's easily comparable.

I've excluded some information

Where I’ve been unable to find out nutritional information, I’ve put all of the brand’s flavours and sizes into a single listing. E.g: I’ve listed one brand as Kopparberg (all varieties). There are 12 different sizes and flavours that could be displayed if nutritional information was available.

Finally, I’ve not included beer as it naturally contains very low amounts of sugar. Yeast uses up the sugars in the brewing process to produce carbon dioxide and alcohol. Beer will tend to have more calories, where cider contains more sugar.

Correcting the information

Mistakes could happen, so please let me know if there’s a cider missing or information you’d like correcting. If you are a brewer and have missed several polite emails, now is your chance to get in touch, as I would love to hear from you.

The three ciders with the least sugar

Sugar per 100 ml

Frosty Jack’s 7.5%

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1.1
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
6
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
21
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

1.1
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
6
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
18
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Frosty Jack's Amber Apple

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1.3
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
7
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
24
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

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Sugar
per 100ml
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Sugar
per drink
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daily free sugar allowance

Crofters

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1.3
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
7
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
25
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

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Sugar
per 100ml
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Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Sugar per drink

Frosty Jack’s 7.5%

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1.1
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
6
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
21
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

1.1
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
6
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
18
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Caple Road No. 3

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2
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
7
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
22
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

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Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Crumpton Oaks Apple

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1.4
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
7
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
23
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

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Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

The three ciders with the most sugar

Sugar per 100 ml

Brothers Toffee Apple

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12.1
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
61
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
202
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

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Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Brothers Strawberry & Cream

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11.4
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
57
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
190
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

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Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Brothers Wild Fruit

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9.7
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
49
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
162
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Sugar per drink

Brothers Toffee Apple

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12.1
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
61
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
202
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Brothers Strawberry & Cream

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11.4
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
57
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
190
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Brothers Wild Fruit

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9.7
ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
49
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
162
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

ƒ g
Sugar
per 100ml
ƒ g
Sugar
per drink
ƒ%
daily free sugar allowance

Further reading

Free Sugars

The NHS defines free sugars as sugars that have been added to foods and drinks, as well as most sugars in fruit juices, smoothies, honey and more. It's all the extra sugars you'll find in foods and drinks that don't add any nutritional value.

The NHS recommends 30g of free sugars per day, and that's how the percentages above are calculated.

Free Sugars vs Sugars

As part of a balanced diet, meals will contain a certain amount of sugar. Ciders don't contribute towards a balanced diet, so their sugars shouldn't be directly compared to the sugar you get through meals. I've chosen free sugars, to more accurately show the extra sugars you'll get in addition to the heathy foods you eat.

Do you have info for these ciders?

I've been unable to find the sugar content for these ciders. If you can fill in the gaps, let me know, and I'll update the website.

  • Cornish Gold Oak Matured
  • Cornish Gold Original
  • Cornish Scrumpy
  • Kopparberg Black Blackberry & Blackcurrant
  • Kopparberg Mixed Fruit 
  • Kopparberg Mixed Fruit (alcohol free)
  • Kopparberg Passion Fruit
  • Kopparberg Passion Fruit Light
  • Kopparberg Pear
  • Kopparberg Pear (alcohol free)
  • Kopparberg Premium Cider Rose
  • Kopparberg Raspberry Light
  • Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime
  • Kopparberg Strawberry & Lime (alcohol free)
  • Kopparberg Summer Fruit Light
  • Mallets Dark Fruit
  • Mallets Original
  • Merrydown Dry
  • Merrydown Original
  • Rattler 4%
  • Rattler Berry
  • Rattler Mulled
  • Rattler Original
  • Rattler Pear
  • Rattler Strawberry and Lime
  • Sainsbury's Dark Fruit Cider
  • Sainsbury's Original Dry Cider
  • Sainsbury's Vintage Cider
  • Savannah

Corrections

Where will be mistakes, so please let me know if there’s a cider missing or information you’d like correcting. If you are a brewer and have missed several polite emails, now is your chance to get in touch, as I would love to hear from you. Pop me an email: hi@lewiscotter.com.