Three things you may not know about cider
- Cider refers only to the drink made with apples. Other fruit drinks have their own names – perry, for instance, is the cider equivalent made with pears.
- Because it was cheaper than beer and apples were so plentiful, cider was part of the daily diet for North American settlers.
- Farm workers used to steal apples and make their own rough cider, called scrumpy.
Two ways to try cider right now
- As a baste for roast pork.
- With shredded cabbage in coleslaw.
Two apples that make the best cider
- Golden russet
- Northern spy
One way to celebrate with cider
- Go wassailing. Fill a wassail bowl with cider, go outside and ‘toast' the trees to ensure their fertility in the coming year.
Four places to buy the best cider
- Merridale Cider Works, Cobble Hill, B.C.
- The Cider Keg, Vittoria, Ont.
- Cidrerie Fleurs de Pommiers, Dunham, Que.
- Foote Family Farm, Kings County, N.S.
One tip you can't live without
- Most non-commercial cider isn't pasteurized, so keep it refrigerated.