It's the most wonderful time of the year for cocktail lovers: Heady scents and flavors are welcome relief from weather that is abruptly too cold for comfort. Fruit and spice figure heavily into our cravings, in forms ranging from cider to bourbon to chai tea.

It's the most wonderful time of the year for cocktail lovers: Heady scents and flavors are welcome relief from weather that is abruptly too cold for comfort. Fruit and spice figure heavily into our cravings, in forms ranging from cider to bourbon to chai tea.

We asked a few of Columbus' innovative mixologists to share recipes for cocktails they think are perfect for winter sipping. What we received was a tempting list of drinks that would be equally perfect enjoyed at home or at the bar. All of the drinks featured are available now at their respective establishments.

Cheers!