A refreshing sip: cider

By Shelby Morrison, Order Up blog

Although many people are loyal to beer and definitely have their favourites, there is a new sipper in town. Say hello to cider!

This refreshing beverage is popping up on menus and store shelves everywhere these days.  You may be familiar with the apple cider served at orchards on a crisp fall day. However, the alcoholic version is different and refreshing, and perfect for spring.

Cider is made from fermenting the juice of apples and turning it into a sweet, dry alcoholic beverage. The alcohol content usually falls between four and eight per cent. One benefit of this drink, other than the delicious flavour, is that it is gluten free.

If you are not exactly a beer lover, cider may be the perfect alternative. Many local Canadian companies are producing versions for us to enjoy.  A few Canadian examples include Lonetree Authentic Dry Cider, which is made in British Columbia; Thornbury Premium Apple, made in Thornbury, Ontario; and Cremant St-Nicolas Sparkling, which is from Quebec. Molson Canadian has even created a version using all Canadian apples as an alternative to beer. Although this beverage is typically made from apples, it can be made from other fruits as well. To that end, Molson has also created a version made from peaches and apricots.

LCBO spokeswoman Heather MacGregor has stated that the LCBO in Ontario has launched about 20 new cider brands over the past five years. Ssales have also increased almost 60 per cent in dollar terms as well. She also said in a statement that cider is enjoyed vastly by millenials, as well as favoured by females.  Women make up 46 per cent of global sales, compared to only about 30 per cent for beer. Perhaps it is the lighter, sweeter flavour that women prefer over beer. Either way, it is a refreshing alternative when you are looking for something a little different.

With the warm weather approaching, crack open a cold, refreshing cider for some sweet relaxation.

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