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Note from the Sponsor: This post is sponsored by Bombay Sapphire—the world's finest London Dry Gin. We've scoured the world in our tireless search for the finest botanicals, including Juniper Berries from Tuscany (which provide the hints of pine flavor) and Cassia Bark from Indo-China (for a sweet, spiced finish).
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.