Celebrate National Gin & Tonic Day by amping up your classic cocktail with a better gin pour – we’re sharing eleven of our current favorite gins.
There are a few classics in here (they’re classic for a reason!), but we’re sharing some of our favorite new and lesser-known brands that make for a killer G&T! From classic juniper forward flavors to spice forward, unique varietals, there’s a little something for everyone.
What’s your favorite gin and garnish for a G&T? Let us know in the comments below!
Intensely smooth with a bright finish, this Philadelphia made spirit is distilled five times in small batches and made with 100% organic botanicals. When used in a G&T with a citrus wheel the American citrus and lemon peel comes through with a bright and refreshing finish.
This Greek gin brings a totally unique flavor profile to the table with its use of native and wild Greek herbs and botanicals. Mastiha, mountain sage, bay leaf, and cardamom combine with rosemary coriander, fennel, lemon, orange and juniper to create a savory, herbaceous spirit. In a Gin and Tonic the herbal notes shine – garnish with a slapped sage leaf.
Since the 1830’s Tanqueray has been a favorite of gin drinkers everywhere. In 2016 it even won #1 Gin as voted by bartenders, and has always been a staple for a classic G&T. Tanqueray’s London Dry Gin is unique in that it only uses four botanicals and no citrus which helps make it more versatile in cocktails.
Made from unsold sourdough bread, Hang 10 Distillery is on a mission to make unique craft spirits and reduce food waste from ending up in landfills. Baker’s Dozen is a small batch gin made with sourdough bread and 13 botanicals. The resulting flavor profile is slightly savory with notes of apple, aromatic spice and a hint of sweetness.
Made with blueberries, almonds, blackberries, lemon peel, coriander, orris, cassia bark, licorice, lemon peel, angelica, and orange peel, this is a truly unique gin. According to the brand, the best way to enjoy the spirit is in a G&T. Garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit peel and a handful of blueberries to bring out all of the dynamic notes.
While it may be one of the most well-known bottles for a Gin and Tonic, Bombay is a stand out for a number of reasons. Not only does it have a classic flavor profile, but the brand has also quickly made itself one of the most sustainable on the market. If you’re looking for a great tasting, good for the planet cocktail, Bombay has to be in your shaker.
This micro-distillery is located on the coast of France’s Cognac region and draws its flavor palate from the local environment. Rétha Oceanic Gin is distilled by hand with a variety of fucus algae harvested by hand on the Rétais coastline. The addition of the algae adds subtle notes of iodine and salt, that balance with citrus and hints of pepper. Opt for a light tonic and garnish with lemon for a perfect pairing with.
Inspired by Zio Valerio’s love of gardening as well as the cuisine of Tuscany, Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin features fresh and wholesome flavors. Cucumber, lemon, sage, and lavender are combined with juniper to create a smooth and crisp gin that works well in a range of cocktails. When used in a Gin & Tonic the brightness from the lemon shines through. Garnish with lemon thyme for a refreshing mix.
This London Dry Gin is spiced with hand-picked ingredients from across the route of the ancient Spice Route. Cubeb berries from Malaysia, Turkish cumin, Indian cardamom, Italian juniper, and Indian Tellicherry black pepper come together to make a wonderfully spiced, warm, and earthy gin. While perfect for a range of cocktails, a simple tonic helps bring out the beautiful range of flavors.
Made using historic notes from the Rutte family archive, this dry gin has a complex yet familiar flavor profile that lends itself to a gin and tonic or classic cocktail. On the palate you’ll notice hints of citrus, grapefruit, fennel, juniper, and angelica.
With 19 aromatics, Citadelle is a complex and nuanced option that blooms when mixed with a bit of tonic and lemon. Delicate aromas of fresh flowers, ripe citrus, and herbaceous anise and juniper tease the nose and lead into an elegant, soft and well-rounded spirit.