When you crush, ferment and filter fruits like apples, pears and peaches, just to mention a few, you can produce a refreshing drink called cider. The most common cider that you might know about is apple cider. Based on the fermentation and filtration process, one is able to extract either alcoholic or non-alcoholic cider. The taste, flavour and texture can also vary from bubbly, sparkling, natural, dry or sweet.
Most apples grown for human consumption are possible to use for making cider. The fruits are collected, cleaned, squeezed or pressed to extract the juices. At that point, you have extracted a non-alcoholic cider. When you add some yeast, it converts the sugar in apples to alcohol. The juice is then left for 3 weeks or longer while checking the favourable temperature to extract the desired cider. The last stage is where you can decide to add some sweetener to add flavour to the cider.
Some of the great benefits of cider are:
- The presence of vitamin C that the body needs to strengthen bones and blood vessels
- It is also a gluten-free drink
- Non-alcoholic cider helps increase the energy levels and fat burning
- Fruits have a high rate of antioxidants that helps in lowering the risk of chronic diseases like heart problems and furthermore, apples are great immune boosters hence the old saying, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”.
Having been made from fruits, with zero to little additives, cider makes for a healthy low calories drink. You get to enjoy that fruity taste with nearly any food and snacks. A cold cider is exactly what you need after a long day or while enjoying a book or catching up on online casino news. You might also enjoy a side plate of peanuts or a slice of cheese while at it.