1 Gallon apple cider
2 C. cranberry juice
1/2 C honey
1/2 C sugar
1 apple, peeled and diced
* 3 cinnamon sticks (or 3 Tbs. ground cinnamon)
* 1/2 C - 1 C brandy (optional)
Set your crock pot to its lower setting, and pour apple cider, cranberry juice, honey and sugar in, mixing carefully. As it heats up, stir so that the honey and sugar dissolve. Stud the oranges with the cloves, and place in the pot (they'll float). Add the diced apple. Add allspice, ginger and nutmeg to taste -- usually a couple of tablespoons of each is plenty. Finally, snap the cinnamon sticks in half and add those as well.
Cover your pot and allow to simmer 2 - 4 hours on low heat. About half an hour prior to serving, add the brandy if you choose to use it.