The flavor profile of a cider will largely depend on the variety of apple (single or a mixture) used to make it.
Selection and storage edit
Apple cider usually needs to be refrigerated, where it will keep for around a week.
As a seasonal product, apple cider is typically consumed as a fall beverage, often hot and mulled with spices. It is also often used in both savory and sweet dishes to lend an apple flavor in addition to sugar and moisture.