Cider “Rebirth,” from Slate.com

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Last fall, we noticed a sudden surge in cider interest, thanks partially to this article from Slate.com by Brian Palmer. He traces the history of cider in the U.S. from colonial times through Prohibition, positioning cider as a drink for people of all ages and types.

Here’s an excerpt:

During the 18th century, Americans realized that the prolific, hardy apple tree—which arrived from England in 1623—offered a solution to their drinking dilemma. In 1767, the average Massachusetts resident drank 35 gallons of cider. (That includes children, who sipped a slightly weaker version called ciderkin.) John Adams drank a tankard of cider nearly every morning of his life. Cider was supplied to our nascent army and is credited with helping our soldiers defeat the British (hooray!) and conquer the Indians (oops). By the end of the century, apple orchards blanketed the American landscape.

And for the full article, http://www.slate.com/id/2231001/pagenum/all/

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