If you're looking for a drink that's refreshing, packed with flavour and still has a little bit of kick to it, cider is the perfect beverage for you! Read on as we break down what cider is, how it is made and why it's so popular.

What is cider?

Cider is an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of apples. It is typically lower in alcohol content than wine or beer, and is often carbonated. Historically, cider was an important beverage in many parts of Europe, and was especially popular in Britain and Ireland. Today, cider is still made in these countries, as well as in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

Types of Cider

There are many types of cider available on the market, from dry to sweet, and everything in between. Here are a few of the most popular types of cider:

  • Dry Cider: Dry cider is made with fewer sugars, giving it a tart and crisp flavour. It is often described as being similar to wine, and is a popular choice for those who enjoy a drier beverage.
  • Sweet Cider: Sweet cider is made with more sugar, resulting in a sweeter taste. This type of cider is often enjoyed by those who have a sweet tooth, and can be a refreshing change from the more dry ciders on the market.
  • Sparkling Cider: Sparkling cider is made with carbonation, giving it a bubbly texture. It is often lighter and refreshing, making it a popular choice for summer days or as an alternative to champagne.
  • Fruit Cider: Fruit cider is made with, you guessed it, fruit! This can add a unique flavor to your cider, and is often made with apples or pear. If you're looking for something different, fruit cider is definitely worth trying.

How to pair cider with food

When it comes to cider, there are a lot of different ways to enjoy it. Whether you like it sweet or dry, there’s a cider out there for everyone. But what about pairing cider with food?

Just like wine, cider can be paired with food to create a delicious and complementary combination. Sweet ciders pair well with desserts or spicy dishes, while dry ciders are a great match for cheeses or grilled meats.

Here are a few tips on how to pair cider with food:

  • If you’re serving sweet cider, pair it with rich desserts like chocolate cake or pudding.
  • For dry cider, try pairing it with sharp cheese or salty dishes like charcuterie.
  • If you’re serving fruity cider, pair it with fruit desserts or salads.
  • Cider can also be used in cooking! Try using it to braise meats or add depth of flavour to sauces.

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