6 inches stick cinnamon, broken
12 whole cloves
8 cups water
1/2 of a 12 oz. can frozen cranberry juice concentrate
1/2 of a 12 oz. can frozen raspberry juice blend concentrate
1 6 oz. can frozen apple juice concentrate
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2- 3/4 cup brandy or rum; or 6 tea bags (optional)
For spice bag, cut a double thickness of 100% cotton cheesecloth into a 6 inch square. Place cinnamon and cloves in center of square. Bring up corners of cheesecloth and tie w/ a clean string.
In a 5 qt. crockpot combine water, juices, sugar and lemon juice. Add spice bag. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or high for 2.5-3 hours. Remove spice bag. If desired, about 5 minutes before serving add brandy, rum or tea bags. Allow to stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags if using.