The 18th of November is Apple Cider Day.
If you missed Hot Mulled Cider Day on the 30th of September you get a second crack today.
How about enjoying today a warmed apple cider doughnut with a scoop of ice cream on it?
The sweet, tangy smell of fresh-pressed apple cider is one of the joys of the fall.
In the U.S. and Canada, the default meaning of apple cider is pressed, unfiltered, unsweetened and unfermented apple juice.
It has a flavour, aroma, body, tang, and complexity of and depth of flavour that the fermented version of apple cider loses.
This is sometimes called “soft”, “fresh” or “non-alcoholic” apple cider, to distinguish it from fermented, alcoholic cider.
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Activities for today
- Visit a cider press farm;
- buy a jug of apple cider from a store if you can’t get to a cider press farm;
- treat yourself to some cider doughnuts;
- cook something with fresh apple cider;
- make a cocktail that calls for fresh apple cider;
- bring in a jug of apple cider to work to share with work colleagues;
- if you work at a restaurant or cafeteria, put something on the menu with apple cider in it;
- if you work in a store, offer free glasses of apple cider to customers.
Recipes using cider
Apple Cider Cocktail recipes (Town & Country Magazine)
The date apparently marks the day that William Tell reputedly performed his legendary feat:
“According to legend, it was on November 18, 1307, that the Swiss patriot William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head. ” Stein, Sadie. Them Apples. Big Sandy, TX: The Paris Review. 18 November 2016. Accessed October 2021 at https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/11/18/them-apples/
The earliest print mention that CooksInfo is aware of for a Cider Day in November dates from 2015 in New Mexico:
“Nov. 18: Free cider. The Espanola Public Library will offer free cups of apple cider, from 10 a.m. to noon, or while supplies last, in honor of National Apple Cider Day.” — Northern Briefs. Espanola, New Mexico: Rio Grande Sun. Thursday, 12 November 2015. Page A10, col. 2.
Angry Orchard. You Can Have Your Doughnut And Spike It Too On National Apple Cider Day. Walden, New York: PRNewsWire. 14 November 2017. Accessed October 2021 at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/you-can-have-your-doughnut-and-spike-it-too-on-national-apple-cider-day-nov-18th-300555627.html
Camacho, Oscar. Cocktails to make on National Apple Cider Day. Dallas, Texas: Addison Magazine. 18 November 2020. Accessed October 2021 at https://addisonmagazine.com/2020/11/cocktails-to-make-on-national-apple-cider-day/
Celebrate Apple Cider Day with Louisburg Cider Mill. Louisburg, Kansas. 18 November 2019. Accessed October 2021 at https://louisburgcidermill.com/cider-mill/apple-cider-day-2019/
Gomez, Shirely. National Apple Cider Day: 5 Unique Products Especially Infused With The Fruit Juice Extraction. Chicago, Illinois: The Latin Times. 14 November 2017. Accessed October 2021 at https://www.latintimes.com/national-apple-cider-day-5-unique-products-especially-infused-fruit-juice-extraction-427273
Travelle at The Langham Celebrates National Apple Cider Day, November 18. Chicago, Illinois: Chicago Food Magazine. 8 November 2021. Accessed October 2021 at https://www.chicagofoodmagazine.com/news/travelle-at-the-langham-celebrates-national-apple-cider-day-november-18
|↑1||Stein, Sadie. Them Apples. Big Sandy, TX: The Paris Review. 18 November 2016. Accessed October 2021 at https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2014/11/18/them-apples/|