Apple Cider Day

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

3,000 B.C.Celts Make Crabapple Cider

The Celts in Britain discover cider using nearby crabapple shrubs to make a bitter beverage.55 B.C.Roman Invasion of England Introduces Apple Orchards

The Romans bring apple cultivators and orcharding techniques with them leading to the production of apple cider.19th CenturyThe Commercialization of Cider

Cider is produced in large quantities by big businesses, but its reputation slowly degrades and is seen as a cheap drink.21st CenturyApple Cider Rebrands

The Irish company, Magners, rebrands cider as a modern drink by using sleek-looking advertisements.

WHY WE CELEBRATE APPLE CIDER DAY

To welcome AutumnApples are harvested during the fall season. Cider thus represents the coming of Autumn. It’s yum. We must celebrate delicious things, and cider is loved by many because they enjoy its fruity taste.It brings people togetherCider 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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HOW TO CELEBRATE APPLE CIDER DAY

  1. Buy cider from a local farmUse this day to support local cultivators. Ditch the ‘cool’ brands and buy your cider from a local farmer.
  2. Make your own apple ciderIt’s all about DIY these days. It’s very easy to make cider at home, so find that online recipe and get going!
  3. Read some literatureNot a big drinker? You can live vicariously through characters drinking cider in various Christmas stories.
  4. Share #appleciderday on social media

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Jennifer lives happily in North Florida with her husband Scott and after a stroke and two brain surgeries her mom. While not blessed with children they dote on their four legged children four cats. I started writing after spinal surgery required second round of physical therapy to learn to walk yet again. While reading is a favorite hobby writing is something new with the launch of this blog and hopefully a fiction novel in the future.

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