Well, here in North America, there are several ciders. Generally, "cider" is an unfiltered (light brown), unsweetened, non-alcoholic version of apple juice. Then there is also hot apple cider and mulled cider that has different spices mixed into it, which is generally more commonly served during the Christmas holidays and in the winter. However, there are alcoholic ciders here as well. There are several imported ones from Europe, but also many that are made here as well. They can be made from apple or many, many other kinds of fruit.This. From what I hear cider in America is apple juice (correct me if I'm wrong) but here its an alcoholic beverage.