Did you know…
…that it takes 50 to 80 frozen apples to make one 375 mL bottle of ice cider? That’s why cider has such concentrated aromas and sweet taste.
Originally, cider was an inexpensive drink, enjoyed in day-to-day life. That is why in the Brittany region of France people often use the expression, “That’s not worth a glass of cider,” as a reference to something that is not of great value. These days, however, the image of this beverage has changed considerably. Ice cider is now revered as a high-class, quality product.
Cider terminology…handy definitions to know
Cider is an innovating product. In fact, there are unquestionably more cider flavour variations possible than there are producers/artisans to create them. We can, however, define the different types of ciders by the fermentation method employed, the alcohol content and the type of apples used.
A light cider is extracted from crushed apples allowed to ferment with yeast in a steel vat or barrel. It is called “light” if the alcohol content is lower than or equal to 7%. Light and strong ciders, served chilled, go well with pork, fish, poultry, seafood and game.
A cider containing 13 - 20% of alcohol is an apéritif cider. Canapés and cheeses are perfect companions to this drink.
To make sparkling cider, a light cider is fermented a second time. A good alternative to traditional champagne, sparkling cider can accompany any brunch. It is equally delicious when served with pastries and pancakes.
Québec is a pioneer in the production of ice cider. This delicious nectar is delightful served with foie gras, mature cheeses as well as desserts. It can easily be served as an apéritif too.
Apple mistelle is a juice or “apple must” infused with alcohol or cider brandy that stops the fermentation process. The finished product contains between 15 and 20% alcohol.
Cider also adds an excellent flavour to the composition of dressings, terrines and jellies. As well, it can be used in sauces or court-bouillon.
Source: Les cidriculteurs artisans du Québec
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