Book Description: Once the drink of choice in England and the Americas, cider was also integral to early American cooking. Now this drink is finding its way back into markets and onto menus as an alternative to handcrafted beer. This book explores the cultural and historical roots of cider. It introduces the reader to the different styles of cider - draft, farmhouse, French, New England, sparkling, and speciality blends made with honey or other fruit juices - and describes how they are made today. It offers tips on both the fundamentals and advanced techniques of cider making, including: the best types and blends of apples, from American dessert fruit like Baldwin and Golden Russet, to Vintage European cider apples like Foxwhelp and Dabinett; new and traditional techniques for harvesting, storing and pressing apples; and tips on how to cook creatively with cider, including recipes for jelly, syrup, vinegar, apple wine and applejack.