For those who drink craft cider, seeing the term “dry” associated with the libation is not at all uncommon. As with any alcoholic beverage, though, when used to describe cider, the term has a meaning all its own.
A recent article in The Cider Journal delved into the topic of “dry” cider and explained that many individuals may be mistaken as to the meaning of the term, thinking that it designates a residual sugar base. In the craft cider world, however, this is not the case. Dry cider is less sweet, meaning that apple flavors and aromas take a front seat. Sweeter ciders may hide these attributes.