Eggnog is too sweet for me, but I do love this easy punch. It makes the house smell great, too.
Pour a healthy amount of apple cider (not juice) into a deep pot. Add half as much cranberry juice.
Make a bouquet garni of about 5-6 whole cloves, 2-3 star anise and 7-8 whole allspice and throw into pot. Add a couple of good-sized cinnamon sticks.
Slice a lemon and an orange and throw slices in pot.
Heat slowly -- it smells incredible. When hot, ladle into cup or glass and pour in a shot of brandy or vodka (optional). Heaven.