What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? The answer, apple cider is a raw, unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic drink, while apple juice is filtered, thus having a longer shelf life. Because of the limited shelf-life, untreated cider has become a seasonal beverage produced mostly in the fall and winter months (when apple harvesting is at the peak).
Contrary to popular belief, apples are not native to North America. That “Johnny Appleseed” story you learned in grade school is really true.
The first apple orchard in North America was planted in 1625 in Boston, MA. John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, traveled ahead of settlers crossing American and began planting small orchards. Here is a short bio on him if you are interested in more information.
This post would not be complete without a little recipe so you can make your own delicious cider.
For those of us a little older, we can make it an “adult beverage” by adding a shot of Tuaca to your mix.