What is it? Unlike apple juice, apple cider is unfiltered and often unpasteurized, making it hazier and more perishable than its see-through sibling. The official state beverage of New Hampshire, apple cider is in peak production from Halloween through New Year’s Eve. Fermented, alcoholic cider is designated “hard cider” in the United States.
Where can I find it? Red Jacket from New York’s Finger Lakes region produces an outstanding line of cold-pressed juices and ciders. I’m currently in love with their Spiced Apple Cider, which adds mulling spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for an amplified holiday flavor. Buy it online for $18 for three 32-ounce bottles, or find it locally at Whole Foods and Fresh Market.
Evan S. Benn is the Miami Herald food editor and Miami.com restaurants editor. Follow him on Twitter: @EvanBenn.