This page changes that. Below you'll find information from authoritive sources. Facts come directly from brewers, and on occassion various government-run websites.
The worst cider is Bulmers Toffee Apple, with 12.1 g of sugar per 100 ml. It contains more sugar than full-fat Coca-Cola. To compare, a ‘normal’ Coca-Cola contains around 10.6 g of sugar. There’s about 61 g of sugar in a 500 ml bottle of Bulmers Toffee Apple, which is over double the recommended amount of free daily sugars. Crazy.
The best cider is Stowford Press, with 1 g of sugar per 100 ml. In total, a pint will only have 6 g of sugar. It’s only 18% of the recommended amount of free daily sugars.
Choose ciders that have an apple flavour. Ciders with added fruits and flavours tend to be more sugary. So avoid pear, raspberry and dark fruits ciders. Go for the more traditional ciders that taste less sweet. Dry ciders are best.
The Daily sugar heading in the rankings below is the daily allowance of free sugars.
Free sugars are sugar in food and drinks that doesn’t add nutritional value. These will be most sugars in things like fruit juices, smoothies and honey.
The NHS recommends 30 g of free sugars a day. These are on top of the nutritional sugars contained in food. A balanced diet will contain sugars as part of your meals, but as cider is a nice bonus to have in our lives, we count the sugar in cider as free sugars. The percentages you see are out of the 30 g a day that the NHS recommends.
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.
A cider can have five possible ratings. Each is based on the amount of sugar per 100 ml.
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.
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, please get in touch, as I would love to hear from you.
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.
There are some ciders that are missing from the table above. If you can fill the gaps, please get in touch.