For a beverage that is in many ways simplicity itself, cider certainly can foster an unusual amount of confusion.
This is partly because we North Americans have the curious habit of using the same word to describe both fermented and unfermented apple juice. And lately, flavored ciders have been adding to the mix of misunderstanding.
But they are generating some impressive sales in so doing.
Let’s begin with the basics. In conventional parlance, cider is nothing