Cider – Much Under-rated
55 BC and the Romans arrived in Britain to find the people of Kent drinking cider. The invading Romans found the drink to rather pleasant and by the 9th century cider drinking was widely established in Europe.
Simple, cider is made from apples, any apples, but some produce better cider than others.
Cider is one of the drinks that is popular as ‘homemade.’
Many companies make cider.
While cider is popular throught Britain and Europe it was also transported to the USA by early immigrants.
“The flavour of cider varies. Ciders can be classified from dry to sweet. Their appearance ranges from cloudy with sediment to completely clear, and their colour ranges from light yellow through orange to brown.” – Wikipedia.
“Apple based juices with cranberry also make fine ciders; and many other fruit purées or flavourings can be used, such as grape, cherry, and raspberry.” – Wikipedia.
Made throughout Normandy, France. It is the double distillation of cider.
Suggestions for Calvados:
– Storage: very long, bottles upright without special precautions.
– As an Aperitif: on its own, over ice, or with a drop or two of water to let it release its aromas.
– For cooking: to flambé, and for sorbets and granités.
– As a digestive: Drinking temperature 20-22°C (68 to 72°F). – Domaine Dupont
Cider, being made from apples has a relatively high concentration of phenolics and is therefore considered to be helpful for preventing heart disease, cancer, and other ailments.
Cooking & Cocktails
Cider can be used instead of wine in recipes and many cocktails contain cider, or are based on cider as well as mulled wine made from cider.
Check here for some cider recipes.
Or here for cocktail & drink recipes.