As to the Drink chiefly used in this colony, it is generally Cyder, every planter having an orchard, and they make from 1000 to 5 or 6000 [gallons] according to their land and Fortune…
The Harrison apple is arguably the best cider variety America has ever produced. In 1817, William Coxe called it "the most celebrated of cider apples in New Jersey." Believed lost, it was rediscovered in the latter 20th century and its identity confirmed by Virginia pomologist Tom Burford. This varietal recalls the golden age of American cider. It is rich in color and flavor; a dry, robust beverage whose mild tannin offers a full-bodied mouthfeel and well-rounded finish.