To celebrate a friend’s move to a new apartment last week, I opened a bottle of Vander Mill Totally Roasted Cider that I’d picked up at the Beer Temple. I realize that champagne would have been more traditional, but I can’t afford real champagne, and cheap sparkling wines tend to all taste more or less the same to me—fine, but nothing to get too excited about. Cider, on the other hand, is something I like a lot as long as it’s not too sweet. Besides, this bottle was on the pricey side—$13.99 for a 25-ounce bottle—which in my book makes it officially appropriate for a celebratory drink.

And while it’s a little expensive, it’s also completely worth it. My friend was wrapped up in conversation when she took a sip, but interrupted herself to look at the bottle, exclaiming, “Whoa, this is really good!” (I had the same reaction, except I didn’t say it out loud.)