In the States and most of Canada, apple cider is the name given to unsweetened, unfiltered apple juice. It is non-alcoholic and has a limited shelf life unless frozen. Alcoholic versions are called hard cider. In other parts of the world, cider refers to an alcoholic drink made from fruits such as apple or pears, can be dry or sweet and is often slightly fizzy from fermentation.
Apple cider makes delicious drinks, doughnuts and cakes. On the savory side, it pairs well with chicken and pork. Here are a few recipes to inspire you to pick up some cider next time you're at the farmers' market or apple orchard.
• Cider Spiced Cake from Epicurious
• Apple Cider Doughnuts from Smitten Kitchen
• Ricotta Apple Cake with Cider-Maple Glaze from Pour Girl Gourmet
• Spiced Apple Cider Sorbet from The Kitchn
• Apple Cider Jelly with Rosemary and Peppercorns from Local Kitchen
• Mussels in Apple Cider from nami-nami
• Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onions from Epicurious
• Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce from Cooking Light
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