Apple cider is everywhere this time of year, a staple of farmers markets and festivals. An adult version of this popular drink can also be ordered at the bar. This boozy cider is actually truest to the drink's earliest form, with roots dating back thousands of years.
It was not until recent years that apples weren’t for eating because they were often far too bitter to just munch on. According to the National Apple Museum, for thousands of years, people would press them for the juice and leave it to ferment, letting it brew away until it turned into boozy hard cider.
The first apple trees have been traced to Ancient Egypt, where they grew on the banks of the River Nile as early as 1300 BCE. It was said the Greeks and Romans, however, are the people who truly perfected the art of creating cider. When the Romans invaded what would become England in 55 BCE, the natives were already making and drinking an early version of alcoholic cider, and it proved to be pretty popular among the Romans as well. The drink quickly spread throughout the Roman Empire, and remained popular with many throughout modern-day Europe after the dissipation of the Empire.
The History of Cider Making
Before cider could become autumn’s favourite drink, the New World would need apples. When colonists arrived in what would become the United States of America, they discovered that the apples weren’t quite like the large, sweet fruits from where they were from. Instead, the Americas were first populated with another species called crabapples, a small, bitter variety of apple that wasn't very good for food or drink.
Luckily for the colonists, planted apple trees typically bear fruit and are ready to be harvested within ten years. Not long after the first apples were planted in the colonies, sweet apples were ready for harvest. For many English colonists, these first apples were used to create their own version of cider, which had been one of the essential drinks of rural English life.
Before long, it was considered a common practice for colonists to drink cider at breakfast, rather than water. Adults would drink alcoholic cider before beginning their days while children drink a slightly less alcoholic version. Adding to its popularity was that cider was incredibly simple to make, requiring only to ferment the apples in barrels.
Today, cider remains a popular drink in both its alcoholic and non-alcoholic forms worldwide. Throughout the history of cider, it was made from pressing and then fermenting apples in barrels. But modern machinery and technology have led to mass-produced commercial ciders which are being made very differently. It is important as a consumer to know that the flavour profile of commercial ciders will differ from a more natural craft cider.
Tasty Apple Cider Cocktails To Make This Autumn
Pumpkin spice often steals the limelight during autumn, but delectable apple cider will always hold a special place in the hearts of people as a prime flavour of this season. Discover the most delicious way to get your apple a day and in the autumnal groove.