Autumn and apples go hand in hand, which is why apple cider is so popular in fall. However, there’s no reason to deny yourself the pleasure of this delicious drink the rest of the year. From spiced apple cider to mulled cider to hard cider, there are many variations of this classic beverage that you can enjoy any time.

But first, what exactly is apple cider? Let’s dig in.

Apple Cider: Defined

Apple cider is an unfiltered, raw, unsweetened beverage made out of the juice of pressed apples. It contains no alcohol unless you’re talking about hard cider, which does. This is when the cider is made into a fermented, alcoholic beverage.

Best part about cider is, you can enjoy apple cider hot or cold, either mixed into other beverages or straight up.

What’s the Difference Between Apple Juice and Apple Cider?

Both come from the juice of pressed apples, but the biggest difference between apple cider and apple juice is the way in which they are processed. Apple cider is raw, unsweetened, and unfiltered, usually sold unpasteurized (which means it’s perishable and needs to be refrigerated).

Apple juice, on the other hand, is filtered to take out the sediment and pulp, whereby it is pasteurized to extend the shelf life. Sweeteners can be added to apple juice.

The production process brings differences in flavor, texture, and appearance as well. Because cider is unfiltered, it has an opaque, even cloudy appearance, as well as a sharper, concentrated apple flavor. Because apple juice is filtered, it looks more transparent and has a sweeter taste.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider

Apple cider contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants known to improve health and lower the risk of conditions such as cancer and inflammation. It can also provide constipation relief even though it doesn’t contain a lot of fiber. It isn’t filtered, which allows cider to keep some of its pectin content — a soluble fiber that keeps you regular. Apple cider also creates a healthier digestive system while relaxing your intestines.

Because apple cider is mainly made up of water, it’s a great way to promote hydration. In addition, the antioxidants in apple cider help fight free radicals, thereby lowering your chance of cell damage and oxidative stress. In turn, this lowers the risk of certain types of cancers, such as breast, colon, and prostate cancers.

Visit Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery Today

We welcome you to visit our cider mill to see how we make cider. To learn about our hours, call us at (800) 400-8100 today.