What is Cider? Or rather what should it be?
Real cider has always been a traditional drink which is produced naturally from apples and is neither carbonated nor pasteurised. True Cider is only made from pressed, and fermented apples using traditional methods.
The ingredients listed on many commercial ‘ciders’ usually include: Fermented apple juice & glucose syrup, water, sugar, carbon dioxide, acid: E270, E330, antioxidant: E224 (sulphites).
Most of the alcohol in these cider imposters is derived from fermenting corn starch syrup which is then diluted with water. To add insult to injury, Malic acid is then added in order to get a bit of taste back into it.
It is unfortunately popular and even refreshing, if you can get past the toxic taste, and now you know why it is cheaper than the real and healthy thing.
Commercial fake Cider is cheap because it is made with cheap chemical ingredients!
Real cider however is organic, free of artificial colouring, flavouring and toxic acids. You can taste it immediately.
Also read our article on Elgin Valley.
Some of our Favourite South African Ciders!
James Mitchell’s Gone Fishing Cider http://thedrift.co.za/organic-produce/
http://michaelolivier.co.za/archives/23473 “a cider for which he has just won an award at the SAB Craft Brewers Annual competition”
The Craft Cider Revolution