Navy strength gin may not get as much love as other high-alcohol spirits like overproof whiskey or Bacardi 151, but the souped-up gin is equally worthy of your affection—and respect. At 114 proof, the gin variety lives up to its tough guy origins. Originally enshrined in naval law, navy strength gin could be stored around gunpowder because, if the liquid spilled, the wet powder would still light. That is to say, this gin is straight flammable.
But it won’t just burn your insides. These amazing navy strength gins use that firepower to intensify their characteristic botanicals and spices. Perfect in classic cocktails like Gin & Tonics—because their taste won’t get watered down—or potent stirred drinks, a few can even be sipped straight. Proceed with caution, these gins aren’t playing around.