Originally posted by plb
I've asked this before but did not get a realistic answer, so I'll try again. What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice? I used to think juice was transparent while cider was cloudy. But I've seen cloudy juice and clear cider.
Generally, apple cider is basically apple juice that has not undergone a filtration process that removes coarse pulp or sediment.
Cider may or may not be heat pasteurized.
Generally apple juice has been filtrated, pasteurized, and vacuum sealed to give a longer lasting, clearer looking product.
Most juices add additional water and other ingredients to maintain flavor and clarity.
Outside of the US "cider" means a hard cider not a sweet cider
Hard Cider - Fermented Sweet Cider that is producing alcohol
Sweet Cider - Fresh Juice
Apple Jack - Hard Cider that is frozen, then the unfrozen liquid poured off, and the unfrozen liquid gets refrozen, until the time you get almost pure apple alcohol.