So, how is it made? It is simple.
- Take some fresh picked apples. Cut them into pieces and mash them in a blender until an applesauce-like consistency is obtained.
- Cover the mash with a wet muslin cloth and place in wooden racks that are exposed to hydraulic press.
- Add some cinnamon or nutmeg to the freshly prepared apple cider to spice up the drink.
- Store the unsaturated juice obtained, in clean glass bottles and refrigerate.
Now coming to apple juice. It is a commercial favorite unlike apple cider. Due to its clearer and attractive look, it is loved by children too. There are two kinds―cloud and clear. The clear one is devoid of the starch and pectin content and hence, the cloudy apple drink is suggested to be healthier due to the higher content of antioxidants in it. However, both contain phytonutrients and flavonoids that are responsible for reducing the risk of respiratory diseases. It has also been proven that the phytonutrients of apple juice aids in oxidation of bad cholesterol thereby preventing cardiovascular afflictions. The benefits are many. Apart from its antioxidant properties, it is also an instant energy drink with no fat content. So, next time when you are eating a hamburger, have a glass of apple juice along with it. It is also considered to be a good remedy for constipation.
Apple juice is a commercial success, readily available at any store, and is also loved by children. But apple cider is the healthier drink, as freshly prepared cider is the healthiest form of apple juice containing natural sugar and no added flavors. Only care that needs to be taken is hygiene during preparation. Otherwise, both drinks are healthy and can be used to make yummy cocktails and mocktails. A tough take though, freshly prepared apple cider definitely surpasses the commercially prepared apple juice that is available in the market, in terms of health benefits.