Cider is made from the fermented juice of apples and has been around for thousands of years. It is an extremely popular drink in the UK and has the highest consumption rate per person than any other country.
Cider is also very popular in other Commonwealth and European countries such as India, New Zealand, Portugal and France.
You can use the juice of any type of apple to make cider, however cider apples will always be the best. Sugar or extra fruit is added before a second fermentation to increase the alcohol content. Cider usually varies in its alcohol content from 1.2% to 8.5% in English ciders and 3.5% to 12% in continental ciders. By law, it must contain a minimum of 35% apple juice when sold in the UK.
Most people tend to think that cider is a very sweet drink, however the flavour of cider really varies and it can also be dry. Cider also varies in appearance with some being cloudy and others completely clear. The difference in colour is mainly due to a filtering process that takes place between pressing and fermentation. Sparkling and still ciders are both available, however sparkling is the most common variety. Traditional cider brands are usually darker and cloudier, and newer mass-produced ones look more like sparkling wine.
Whichever cider you prefer, we can incorporate it into your next event. Cider is not used very often at events; as an event caterer we would love to see it more!