The most interesting and unexpected development in the drinks market in Britain last year was a resurgence of Cider as a popular beverage.
Cider (also sometimes spelt as cyder) is made from fermented apple-juice. Transatlantic readers will realise that this is what is known as hard-cider in the U.S.A. where their apple-juice cider equivalent is wholly non-alcoholic. On the other hand, British and Irish cider can even be as much as 10% abv. And just to complicate matters, locally-produced rural versions of draught cider or scrumpy often come in at almost every strength known to man.