If you’re a dedicated gin drinker, you know there is more to the spirit than London Dry varieties.
Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot of brands infusing interesting ingredient combinations as well as bottling small batch spirits that are made with extra attention and care. If you’re looking to elevate your gin game this season, check out these seven interesting bottlings for all of your cocktail needs.
Wild Roots Cucumber & Grapefruit Gin
Wild Roots is known for their beautiful flavored vodkas, but now gin lovers can get in on the fun. The brand’s Cucumber & Grapefruit Gin is refreshing and citrusy with a cucumber flavor that doesn’t come on too strong. We love it mixed simply with seltzer, topped with grapefruit soda or used as the base in a Martini.
Gin Mare ($38)
This unique Spanish gin is inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle and sources its botanicals from the surrounding countries. In addition to standard gin ingredients like juniper berries and coriander, Gin Mare is made with Spanish Arbequina olive, Greek rosemary, Italian sweet basil and bitter oranges from Valencia. Rich notes of herbs and spices make it the perfect gin to mix into a Gibson or Bloody Mary.
Glendalough Rose Gin ($35)
There’s a lot of gimmicky pink gins on the market these days, but Glendalough Rose Gin is the real deal. The spirit starts with Glendalough’s Wild Botanical Gin, which is infused with freshly foraged plants. It is then redistilled with extra fruit, flowers (including three types of roses) and spices before it’s infused with even more rose petals to give it a soft, Turking delight flavor and pretty pink color. It’s an excellent spirit to use in a Gin and Tonic.
Tamworth Garden Dutchess Gin ($60)
If you’re new to the gin game, then this bottling is a great way to ease yourself into the category. Inspired by genever, Tamworth Garden Dutchess Gin is a sweeter, less juniper-forward take on the spirit, infused with cherry bark, orange rind, apple pomace, raspberry and nutmeg. With a rich flavor that includes baking spices, juniper and candied fruit, it’s beautiful mixed in a Gin Old Fashioned.
Whitley Neill Quince Gin ($30)
Whitley Neill Gin just landed in the United States this summer, and they brought eight generations of distilling experience to the table. The brand’s Quince Gin is a stunner, inspired by a voyage to Persia that Frederick Neill took during the turn of the 19th century. For this expression, Turkish quince is blended with Persian herbs and spices to give it a zesty, sweet flavor with notes of peaches, orange blossom and grapefruit. We would sip this gin simply over a big ice cube.
Blue Clover Gin ($32)
Blue Clover is a micro-distillery in Scottsdale, Arizona that’s creating some lovely new spirits. Their Blue Clover Gin is inspired by the American Southwest and uses primary botanicals that include blood orange, rose and peach. Delicately floral and fresh, we love it mixed into a simple Gin and Soda or a classic French 75.
Brooklyn Gin ($41)
Not only is this New York spirit incredibly tasty in cocktails and on its own, the spirit is packaged in one of the most beautiful bottles we’ve ever seen. Brooklyn Gin is distilled with local fruit and a 100 percent corn base spirit before it’s infused with hand-cut citrus peels and cracked juniper berries, which creates a vibrant, bold gin. It’s absolutely perfect when stirred into a Martini or a bitter Negroni.