So, you hate gin—or, at least, it didn’t agree with you the one or two times you dared sip upon the juniper-laden nectar of the British gods. But the thing about gin is there are so many things about gin. Seriously, it’s one of the most stylistically diverse spirits in the liquor store, with different bottles often only bearing a passing resemblance to one another. So why not give old mother’s ruin just one last chance by picking up one of these beginner-friendly bottles? Our guarantee: If you don’t like it, just send the bottle to us and we’ll take care of it, no questions asked.
Soft and floral, like a gentle garden breeze wafting through an open window, NOLET'S is both wonderfully delicate and extremely light on the juniper. The Dutch-made gin is infused with botanicals like Turkish rose, raspberry and peach for an easy-going almost fruity spirit. While it’s great in classic gin drinks like Martinis (with a twist) and Gin and Tonics, it also works particularly well as a whiskey replacement in an Old Fashioned.
Speaking of floral, this iconic Scottish gin is known for its rose and cucumber flavors. While juniper still haunts the finish, the gin’s prime directive is to deliver those soothing spa-like flavors into every sip. If you do choose to use this easy going spirit in a Martini, skip both the twist and olive garnish, and opt instead for a cucumber wheel.
New Amsterdam is better known for its vodka, but its gin is also worth a taste. Crisp, light and just slightly lemony, it uses juniper only for structure, and you’d have a hard time picking out any traditional flavors of London dry gin. It’s a great stepping stone for vodka drinkers looking to trade up.
A little sweet and a little citrusy (more mandarin orange than lemon peel), Bombay will draw you in with its beautiful azur bottle, then seal the deal with its easy drinking flavors. Smooth and round with no harsh juniper bite, this ultra-popular gin is flavorful enough to hold its own in a Gin and Tonic, while remaining easy going enough to not overpower a simple Gin and Soda.
Flavored with unusual botanicals like blueberries and blackberries (along with some of the usual suspects like orange peels, coriander and juniper), this British gin looks in the face of London dry gin and giggles with a lilting, friendly, fruity laugh. It’s bright, berry-and-citrus-forward nature makes it easy to gulp down in a simple Gin and Soda or a cocktail like the Tom Collins. Just don’t try to use it in a Dirty Martini.