Cider is currently one of the fastest growing alcoholic beverages in the world. It is made from the pressed, unfiltered juice of apples - although in some countries other types of juice may be added occasionally to create fruity ciders. Typically the juice is fermented in large vats and aged anywhere from 3 months to 3 years, but there are also a few producers making cider that ferments in-bottle, similar to the traditional method of making Champagne.
Currently the United Kingdom consumes more cider than any other country in the world, and they also have some of the largest cider-producing companies in the world. This is not to say that great cider can't come from anywhere - many fantastic ciders are produced right here in Canada, using apples grown in the Okanagan.
You may think of cider as more of a fall beverage, but because of it's great balance between sweet and dry, it's a fantastic drink year-round. Try heating your cider and mulling it with cinnamon and other spices when the weather starts to get cool!
Usually how a cider is made is dictated by where the cider is from, as different countries have varying laws regarding how cider should be produced. Ciders generally range in flavour from sweet to dry. Dave's cider categories are: