Brown spirits like whiskey and brandy tend to dominate our wintertime drinking, but holiday parties and family get-togethers are a perfect time to break out spiced and piney gin. (What, does nobody else feel like it's appropriate to complement a Christmas tree with a tree-scented drink?)
These five recipes will help you branch out—set aside the eggnog and the hot toddies and try something new. Some of these gin drinks feature the bright, crisp side of gin, while others are more deeply flavored and spirit-forward. They're all ideal for serving alongside festive hors d'oeuvres, and just right for toasting to 2012.