It's the most wonderful time of the year . . . for a cocktail. While Winter may seem dark and dreary, it also marks the time of the year where flavor profiles change from light and fruity to deeper and more complex. The shift — most noticeable in food — is also apparent in cocktails, as sippers are looking for something to chase away Winter's chill. And since there are so many themes to the season, whether you're snuggled up with your partner on the couch in a snowstorm, or at a fabulous formal party — anything from peppermint martinis to spiked hot chocolate can help set the stage. Ahead, check out some of the very best recipes that will help keep the season bright until Spring rolls around again.