Difference Between Cyder and Cider

Main Difference – Cyder vs Cider

Cider is considered as one of the most popular alcoholic beverages produced from the fermented juice of apples. Even though any variety of apples can be used to produce cider, many cider manufacturers prefer to use cider apples. During cider production, sugar or extra fruit is added, increasing the alcoholic percentage of the resulting beverage. It is important to note that, cider is also known or pronounced as cyder. The word “cider” is primarily used in North American English whereas the word “cyder” is primarily used in British English. This is the main difference between cyder and cider.Difference Between Cyder and Cider - Comparison Summary

What is Cyder or Cider

Cider or cyder is a fermented alcoholic beverage prepared from any fruit juice including apple juice, peaches, pears (“Perry” cider) or other fruit. Traditional and most common type of cider is apple cider. Based on the different processing conditions, apple cider can be classified into following categories;

  • Hard cider – an alcoholic drink from fermented cider
  • Scrumpy – strong cider (as made in western England)
  • Sweet cider – unfermented cider
  • Cyder – single pressing of vintage fruit

The average alcohol content of cider is around 1.2 % to 8.5 % . True cider apples are mainly used for cider production because they are richer in tannins and sharper in flavour. It is widely available and popular in Europan countries and the United Kingdom. Cider is a popular ingredient for Cocktails and it is also used to make vinegar (e.g. Apple cider vinegar). Congeners substances that are synthesised during fermentation of cider are responsible for most of the taste and aroma. Tannins and some other phenolic compounds are congeners found in apple cider.

Health Benefits of Cyder or Cider

Apple cider is associated with following health benefits;

  • Prevents indigestion of foods
  • Helps to clear a stuffy nose and soothes a sore throat
  • Reduces bad cholesterol levels in blood
  • Helps in weight loss and management
  • Helps in getting rid of dandruff
  • Helps to remove acne
  • Helps to control blood sugarDifference Between Cyder and Cider

Difference Between Cyder and Cider

Cyder and cider terms may have some differences and these differences may include,

Dictionary Meaning and Key Difference

Cider: Cider is a variant spelling (mainly in American English) of cyder.

Cyder: Cyder is a variant spelling (mainly in British English) of cider. In other words, `cyder’ is European (especially British) usages for the fermented beverage.

Culinary Contexts and Processing Method

Cider: This is available as an alcoholic or soft drink and is produced from the multiple pressing of cider apple fruit followed the fermentation process. Its production methods are sometimes less traditional and therefore it can be less ‘handmade.’

Cyder: This is commercially available as cyder vinegar which is used to balance the pH levels of skin, assisting in removing dandruff and acne. It is vinegar prepared from the single pressing of vintage fruit by the fermentation of apple cider. Sugar in the apple cider is fragmented down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Cyder will mature and with age in either a bottle or barrel. Compared to cider, cyder production is somewhat “handmade” or traditional process. But the difference between sensory and biochemical properties between cider and cyder products are not thoroughly investigated, and it’s difficult to categorize this product as two different products.

Commercially Available Products

Cider: Compared to cyder, cider is often prepared on a commercial scale.

Cyder: Compared to cider, cyder is rarely prepared on a commercial scale.

In conclusion, Cyder, indicated with a “y” denotes a product prepared from a single pressing of vintage fruit. This word is mainly derived from British English. In contrast, Cyder prepared on a marketable scale, or not prepared from a single pressing of fruit is stated as cider.


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Geeshani has a BSc (Hons) degree in Food Science and Technology and Master's degree in Food and Nutrition. She is currently a PhD Student at the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology. Sharing what she learned is a passion of hers and enjoys writing.