Cider, the Swedish way

In its most basic form, cider is a beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Sometimes, pear juice is used instead. It goes well with all kinds of food, and should be served cold.

The cider makers within the Swedish Brewers Association produce both hard and soft cider, from dry to sweet. Hard cider sales are increasing in the country, in the Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly and in bars and restaurants – but Sweden has also become an important cider exporter.

Traditional Swedish cider is different from the British and French varieties; it is very sweet, and often berry or fruit flavored.

The Swedish cider variety is highly sought after all over the world – especially in tradition-rich cider markets such as the UK and Australia – and the exported volume is now eight times the domestic sales. Did you know that the highest selling pear cider in the world is made in Sweden?