Let’s face it: just ten years ago, hard cider was something sipped by expats watching rugby matches or pined for by former foreign exchange students. Heck, many people thought cider was something preschoolers drank in sippy cups before naptime.
Not anymore. Hard cider sales have skyrocketed in the last decade, with craft cider sales increasing 49 percent in just the last two years. But though sales and interest in hard cider continue to grow, there’s still more than a bit of confusion regarding this blossoming alcoholic beverage. Is it a beer, or is it a wine? Is cider-beer a thing? Are all ciders sweet? Polls reveal that some drinkers think Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Redd’s Apple Ale are cider (they’re not). This informative book will include:
- A brief overview of world cider history
- A more detailed pop culture history of American cider’s explosive growth
- Definitions, regions, fun facts, and famous cider and apple quotes
- An exploration of cider varieties and brands
- More than 50 cider cocktail recipes!
The book explores the cider varieties and brands to try, touches on the history of the drink that fueled the American Revolution, and details the do’s and don’ts of making cider cocktails.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Getting Your Cider Geek On-or, Cider 101 1
Chapter 2 Biting the Apple 31
Chapter 3 The Apple Blossoms-or, Cider's Rebirth and Amazing Growth 61
Chapter 4 Apple Pickings: Things to Know to Better Enjoy Cider 71
Chapter 5 Apple Travels and Apple Fun 89
Chapter 6 Crushed-or, a Simple Cider Recipe, plus Techniques and Tips 105
Chapter 7 Sip It, Shake It, Stir It: Cider Cocktail Recipes and Variations, plus Cider Cocktail Guidelines and More 127
Chapter 8 Food and Cider Pairings 165
Cider Definitions 183
About the Author 189
Conversion Charts 196