Apple Cider Day is celebrated on November 18 every year. The day celebrates the rich and fruity beverage that fills our hearts and bodies with warmth. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a glass of apple cider at the end of a long day can rejuvenate the soul. Apple cider is made from freshly harvested apples that are mashed and made to resemble applesauce. This is then pressed to extract fresh juice and fermented. After the fermentation process is done, we get the sweet and spicy apple cider — the seasonal Autumn drink.
History of Apple Cider Day
The origin of apple cider dates back to 3,000 B.C. when the Celts in Britain made the beverage using crabapples. Unlike the cider we know today, this beverage was bitter because it used the local crabapples that grew in small shrubs. The Roman invasion of England in 55 B.C. brought with it apple cultivators and orcharding techniques. The harvests from these orchards were then used to make cider.
The Norman invasion of England in 1066 introduced acidic cider apples and advanced apple-pressing technology to make the juice-extraction process easier. This made cider a popular drink in England and around the world. Western Europe went through a climate shift between the 14th and 19th centuries called The Little Ice Age, where the overall temperature dropped, causing grape vineyards to suffer as they needed a warmer climate. Since apples could survive cooler temperatures, cider became the predominant alcoholic beverage over wine.
Due to an increasing market and demand, small farmers started selling their orchards to commercial cider producers in the 19th century. These producers then expanded their businesses and revamped old methods of cultivation to meet the growing demands. By the 1980s, the image of apple cider had become that of a cheap drink which country people drank. However, the Irish company Magners revived its status in the 21st century through its sleek and professional advertising campaigns showing cider as a drink of the modern era for a younger crowd who enjoyed cider.
Apple Cider Day timeline
The Celts in Britain discover cider using nearby crabapple shrubs to make a bitter beverage.
The Romans bring apple cultivators and orcharding techniques with them leading to the production of apple cider.
Cider is produced in large quantities by big businesses, but its reputation slowly degrades and is seen as a cheap drink.
The Irish company, Magners, rebrands cider as a modern drink by using sleek-looking advertisements.
Apple Cider Day FAQs
Is there a World Cider Day?
Yes, World Cider Day is celebrated on June 3. You can find out more about this day from our article here: World Cider Day.
Is cider an alcoholic drink?
Cider is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting apple extract. Its alcohol content ranges between 3% to 8.5%.
Is apple cider really bad for you?
Apple cider (not hard cider) contains protein, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C! So, you can drink it to your heart’s content!
How To Celebrate Apple Cider Day
Buy cider from a local farm
Use this day to support local cultivators. Ditch the ‘cool’ brands and buy your cider from a local farmer.
Make your own apple cider
It’s all about DIY these days. It’s very easy to make cider at home, so find that online recipe and get going!
Read some literature
Not a big drinker? You can live vicariously through characters drinking cider in various Christmas stories.
5 Facts About Apple Cider
Cider might have medicinal properties
Cider used to be advertised as a cure for gout in the 19th century.
36 apple pieces equal one gallon
That’s a lot of apple pieces to make one gallon of apple cider.
Cider baptism was a thing
Children used to be baptized in cider in the 14th-century because it was seen as cleaner than water.
Cider used to be safer than water
Many pilgrims who came to America used to drink cider instead of water because the water was unsafe and had harmful bacteria.
Beer beats cider in America
Cider’s popularity decreased in the early 1900s due to beer being introduced to America by the Europeans.
Why We Celebrate Apple Cider Day
To welcome Autumn
Apples are harvested during the fall season. Cider thus represents the coming of Autumn.
We must celebrate delicious things, and cider is loved by many because they enjoy its fruity taste.
It brings people together
Cider helps people bond over stories of their childhood and the past. It also keeps the cold away and makes the heart warm.
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