Celebrate the Season with Hard Cider
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?
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