Put the cloves and cinnamon in a cheese cloth and simmer the spices in the vinegar and cider for 30 min. [Don't use powdered spices; they cloud the sauce and alter its flavor]. Remove the spice bag and reserve the cider. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, starch and salt. Stir in the spiced cider and add the raisins. Stir while the sauce thickens and add the butter, if you wish, at the last minute. Serve hot over sliced tongue or ham.
Optional ingredients: currants in lieu of raisins grated lemon rind.
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