Cider is often perceived as a quintessentially British drink, but this is not true. Cider is made in different forms all over the world, and this refreshing fruit-based drink is enjoyed by many all over the globe. Let’s take a look at the different techniques used for making cider and the different fruits that can be used to make it.
What Exactly is Cider?
The definition of cider according to the dictionary is, An alcoholic drink made from the juice of fruits, mainly apples. Cider is often compared to ales or beers, but this is mostly to do with the kind of glasses it is served in. Actually, cider has more similarities to wine as it is all about fermented fruit.
The Different Fruits That Make Cider
A cider’s taste is defined from the fruit it is made from, and each different type of apple will give the cider a unique taste. In Britain and Ireland they use robustly tasting apples, whereas in France they prefer more fruity cider with a strong but subtle apple taste.
Different countries use different fruits, and pears are a very popular fruit for making cider. Pear Cider is called many names including, Perry, Poire, and Perenwijn. There are many different fruits that also can be used for the making of drinks like cider but are not actually cider at all. Elderflowers, various berries, passion fruit, and even limes have all been used in so-called cider making.
The Differences Around the World
British cider is fermented differently than in other parts of the world, in Britain cider gets its particular effervescent characteristic by adding carbon dioxide to the finished fruit wine. But in other countries such as France the bubbles come from the fermentation of the wine in the bottle.
In Germany they tend to like their cider silent, that is without bubbles and any carbon dioxide produced in the making of the drink is allowed to escape. In Spain the process is similar to Germany, and the way they get bubbles into the drink is by pouring it into the glass from a very high height.
Oviedo in Spain is famous for sidra, and special sidra houses are dotted about the country that are full of tradition and respect for their local produce. To keep the cider effervescent, they only serve it in small shot-style glasses and quaff it back in one.
What to Eat When Drinking Cider
Just like wine, cider goes particularly well with certain food types that bring out the best in the drink and the food. If you like pork with apple sauce, then you have the idea. And indeed, pork is an excellent meat to enjoy with a good cider.
Cider also is robust enough to stand up against strong cheeses, fruit pies, or a simple handful of nuts. If you fancy yourself as a cook then cider is a great ingredient for sauces in casseroles and light stews. Especially with pork sausages and of course medallions of a really good pork. Whichever way you like to drink your cider try experimenting with another variation, you never know what you may be missing.