Somewhere around the
time of Prohibition, the word cider came to mean sparkling
apple juice, possibly through the influence of
Martinelli's sparkling apple cider, which was once touted
specifically as "non-alcoholic cider".
Martinelli's is sold as "cider" or
"juice" depending on regional preference of the
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In other parts of
the United States, the word "cider" simply
means, unfiltered, unfermented apple juice. For instance,
in Pennsylvania, apple cider is legally defined as an
"amber golden, opaque, unfermented, entirely
non-alcoholic juice squeezed from apples".
artificial flavors or colors generally recognized as safe
may be added if their presence is declared on the label by
the use of the word "Imitation" in type at least
one-half the size of the type used to declare the flavor.
Cider containing more than 0.15 percent alcohol by volume
is classified as hard cider.