Apple Cider

Sweet, fresh – it’s apple juice with character. In fact, what makes Cider different from apple juice is that Cider is simply raw apple juice that is unfiltered and therefore has suspended particles of apple flesh in it that give it the cloudy, brown color. Fall is the peak season for Apple Cider coinciding with the fresh crop Apple harvest. Flavor in Apple Cider is influenced by the blend of Apple varieties used and ranges by producer, brand and pasteurization level.

The best-tasting Apple Ciders are pressed weekly from a blend of fresh-picked apples and is simply flash-pasteurized or passed by a UV light to give it about 2 weeks shelf-life when refrigerated.

Insider Tips: The best-tasting Apple Ciders are pressed weekly from a blend of fresh-picked apples and is simply flash-pasteurized or passed by a UV light to give it about 2 weeks shelf-life when refrigerated. Apple Ciders with standard pasteurization can also taste great, and often have a shelf life in the refrigerator of 1 to 2 months. Shelf-stable and semi-shelf stable Apple Ciders have preservatives added to them or may be ultra-high-temp pasteurized to extend the shelf-life which can blunt the flavor. Find a brand that you like. And drink up this fall!

It’s fall – enjoy some Apple Cider! But are all Apple Ciders created equal? Jon taste tests 4 kinds to find out.