photograph by Matt Hulsman

1 gallon apple cider
¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
20 whole cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 (6-ounce) can orange juice
½ cup lemon juice

Add brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon sticks to apple cider. Bring mixture to a boil, and reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, and then strain through a thin cloth. Add orange juice and lemon juice to the mixture, and stir.

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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.