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Celebrate the Season with Hard Cider

Updated on November 16, 2007

American Tradition: Serve Cider during the Holidays

Did you know that the colonial American's drink of choice was cider?

Cider remained the drink of choice until the middle of the 19th century when the United States experienced an influx of German immigrants. The German immigrants brought better yeasts and beer-making methods with them--leaving cider behind in the dust. As the Germans spread westward, they brought lagers to the country. Cider became but a memory.

What is cider?

Cider apples are similar to wine grapes because they contain a lot of tannin. They retain their flavor until after fermentation. Cider, or hard cider, is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented apple juice.

I've had cider, it isn't that special...

Have you had real cider, or the sugary stuff from apple concentrate? Real cider, that made from real apples, is delicious. I heard one person refer to it as "fall in a bottle." It is a great accompaniment to any meal, particularly cheese. Cheese and apples? Who would have thought?

Have you tried cider?

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    • Stacie Naczelnik profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Isabella, cider is traditionally alcoholic. These days, however, we often refer to cider as a spiced apple juice.

    • Isabella Snow profile image

      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      Cider is alcoholic?? My aunts family owns a big cider making company, and I always thought it was just apple juice, kind of.. hmmm.. I'll have to investigate this one!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      11 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Cider was my Gramms speciality! Whenever I think of her I'm almost sure I can smell the pleasant aromas of apple and cinnamon in the air. It is still my favorite drink, hard or tame variety.

      There is nothing better than coming in from the cold and having a "Cup-A" cider. Today I've been inside most of the day, also it really isn't that cold out there yet, (it is November after all) but it has to be really cold somewhere, right? That will be my excuse for the one or two 'non-tame' ones I'll indulge in...Cheers

      regards Zsuzsy

    • cgull8m profile image


      11 years ago from North Carolina

      I love cider, drinking it during holidays is special.

    • stubbs profile image


      11 years ago from London

      Hi Stacie

      Cider is Great!!!! I love it, its more popular over here in england than in america i think but looks like it might become popular again over there and its a great thing that you can actually make yourself and it be better than shop bought.


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