With seemingly limitless potential to inspire a whole slew of mad scientist-worthy new creations, this vodka-based gin (which means that they steeped the botanicals in a vodka base, rather than a mass-produced neutral-base spirit) goes above and beyond the G&T (though it undoubtedly makes a mean one). On the other side of the spectrum, Oola’s Waitsburg Barrel Finished gin, an Old Tom-style gin aged two to four months in bourbon casks, is the yang to its flowery sister’s yang -- all sultry spice, burnt honey, and slow-sipping boozy confection fit to combat those cold and dreary Washington nights. More like, Ooola-la, amirite?
Massachusetts-based Berkshire Mountain is another American distillery trying to edge their way into the dry gin market, and Greylock is a shining example of the style. The gin starts off with a burst of fresh evergreen, all juniper and spearmint, then drenches the palate in warm waves of anise and black pepper, and ends with sweet, lingering rock candy. Every aspect of this beauty screams G&T, its complex-yet-supple flavor softening the tart tonic.