Originally Posted by Lengie10
Current kit is St. Peter's ruby red but thinking more about a cider I am brewing. It's a wilco apple cider. Want to give it bit of oomph as it's for an Easter BBQ. It is a standard 40pt kit so if you can suggest what more sugar I should add? When you suggest syrup....what do you mean..surely not as simple as Tate and Lyle golden syrup???
Never add sugar to cider - the apple can't take it, not enough flavour to balance the alcohol.
Apple juice is the obvious thing to use, but is worth 5 to 6 % by itself: if you want to get higher ABV with plenty of apple flavour, seek out Suma apple juice concentrate (hippyfood shops)
Golden syrup would add a toffee-ish backnote. Could be interesting, but you wouldn't want too much or it'd probably swamp the apple. I've done melomels (fruit flavoured mead) using golden syrup instead of honey - everybody seems to like it, but all my friends like toffee.