By Christy Milan

Homemade Apple Cider

4 whole Cinnamon Sticks

1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves

8 whole Allspice Berries (1/8 teaspoon Ground)

Orange Peel from 1 Orange

Lemon Peel from 1 Lemon

1/2 cup Maple Syrup or Honey

6 cups Unfiltered (fresh Squeezed Is Great) Apple Juice

1/2 cup Dark Rum (optional)

Place cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Pour in maple syrup/ honey and apple juice, and then bring to almost a boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. You may either strain out the peels and spices or serve as is for a rustic appeal. So go ahead, make yourself a nice apple drink and enjoy the season with all its beautiful sights, smells and activities that the North State offers.