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Apple Cider Day

Apple Cider Mill

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on November 18

When it comes to food and symbols of the season, apples are a big part of the Fall scene. The apple harvest is in. We're making apple sauce, apple pies, and enjoying a cup or two of hot, spiced apple cider mull. That makes today the perfect day to celebrate Apple Cider Day! If you like apples, and millions of us do, you can't go through the Fall season without enjoying an occasional glass of apple cider. When you look at this clear golden nectar of the apple, you know you're in for a sweet and pleasant treat.


The History of Apple Cider

Apple Cider Day has been around for just a short time. But, apples have been around for thousands of years. As you know, apple trees were first recorded in the Garden of Eden. We don't know if Adam and Eve ever pressed the forbidden fruit into cider. But, we do know that since the days of early civilizations, apples have been pressed to extract the juice. But, those early civilizations fermented apple cider into hard cider. Hard apple cider has always been popular. But at the same, it has always in competition with even more popular beer and wine. It runs a distant third to these two alcoholic beverages.

Outside of the United States, when people speak of apple cider, they are referring to the fermented hard cider. In the U.S., apple cider is defined as the juice pressed from the apples and is unfermented.

How to Make Apple Cider

Apple cider has just one ingredient...... apples. To make apple cider, the apples are roughly ground up into a mash. The mash is then put through a press where the cider is squeezed out. That's all there is to it! the resulting apple cider is then consumed as a drink either cold or at room temperature, or made into hot cider mull. See hot apple cider mull recipe.

If you purchase apple cider from a grocery store, you will find consistent flavor. That's because each manufacturer uses a certain variety of apple, or a combination of varieties, to make the juice. Consistent flavor is expected from grocery bought cider. Store bought cider has preservatives and  is also pasteurized, which many say reduces the flavor. We believe the best apple cider is found at your local cider mill. There, it is pressed fresh and contains no artificial preservatives. If local laws allow, it is not pasteurized either. The flavor of cider from local mills may or not be consistent. They will often use the apples that are ripening at the time that you visit. As the Fall season progresses, different varieties mature and the flavors are somewhat different. Some of the larger cider mills will press different batches, allowing you to select and buy cider made from your favorite apple. 


Apple Cider and Your Health

Not only does apple cider taste good, it's good for you, too. Like fresh apples, the cider contains healthy anti-oxidants and polyphenols. This helps to reduce inflammation, lower your risk of heart attacks and other heart diseases. It is a good source of potassium. Apple cider helps to prevent plaque build-up in arteries, and can even lower the risk of developing Type II Diabetes. Add some cinnamon to the cider, and the risk of diabetes is even lower, as cinnamon lowers blood sugar by improving the body's sensitivity to insulin..



It's very easy to celebrate Apple Cider Day  Gather your family and hop in the car. Your destination is the local cider mill. Upon arrival, buy your favorite variety of fresh apples. And, pick up a gallon or two of apple cider. When you get home, have it your way. You can have the cider as a cold drink, at room temperature, or hot apple cider mull.


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Today's Quote: "Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple. But, only God can count the number of apples in a seed." - -  Robert H. Schuller

Origin and History of Apple C\cider Day:

We did not find any information on who created Apple Cider Day, or when this special day was first celebrated. We traced the roots of this holiday back to 2014. Based upon our research, we believe this holiday was started in the United Kingdom. We also found a single reference to "Hot Mulled Cider Day" in 2010. It appeared to be a one time, localized event.

There is not very much written about this day. Despite it's lack of popularity up to now, we believe it deserves recognition. Apples are a big part of the Fall scene and their popularity warrants this special day. 

We found an occasional reference calling it "National" Apple Cider Day".

We did not find a congressional or presidential proclamation making this day a true national day.

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Recipe of the Day:

 How to make Cider Mull or Mulled Cider Recipe by The Gardener's Network

Also see a collection of apple recipes

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