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Sunday, 13 April 2014


Ancient Britons relished cider, an excessively strongly alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of apples.

England's King John died of an intestinal illness at an East Anglian abbey having hastened his death by eating an excess of peaches and drinking too much cider.

Excise duty was introduced in 1643 in Great Britain for cider. It was one shilling and three pence on every hogshead (around 63 gallons).

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Great Britain’s Prime Minister John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, was forced out of office on April 8, 1763 after suggesting a new tax on one of the nation’s favourite tipples: cider. Lord Bute proposed a tax of four shillings which would be levied on every hogshead of cider made, which provoked enormous hostility in cider-producing areas.

Cider made from fresh apple juice was a common alcoholic beverage in the United States in the nineteenth century. Next to water, it was the most widely available and cheapest drink.

In the United States and Canada people drink a special kind of cider around Thanksgiving. This cider is usually unfiltered, rather thick, and it is often heated and spiced with cinnamon before drinking it. This is different from the cider in Europe, which usually is not heated.

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