You’ll Never Order a Vodka-Soda Again After Trying These Delicious Gins

Don't be afraid of the juniper juice.

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Gin is one of the most refreshing yet divisive spirits of all time. Using the wrong gin can turn what was intended to be a crisp, herbaceous cocktail into a hellish, piney ordeal. With such a drastic disparity in style, taste, price, and even color, it's no wonder some timid souls steer away from gin altogether. To help set you in the right direction, we've put together a list of our absolute favorite varieties of gin you must try.

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Aviation American Gin
Aviation American Gin
Aviation American Gin



This complex and deliciously dry gin hails from Portland, Oregon, and it has an ingredient list that's as offbeat as you might expect. With the infusion of unconventional botanicals like lavender, sarsaparilla, and orange peel, this spirit will add some serious character to any classic cocktail recipe.

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Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Sipsmith London Dry Gin



Handcrafted in small batches using 10 botanicals true to traditional 18th century distilling recipes, this classic London dry gin is crisp, smooth, and refreshing. We love using Sipsmith in fresh and herbaceous summer cocktails or in a classic dry martini.

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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
The Botanist
The Botanist​ Islay Dry Gin​



The first and only dry-style gin from the Scottish island of Islay, The Botanist is made with 22 hand-foraged botanicals, offering an unexpected twist on the classic spirit. This very versatile gin is the perfect ingredient for summery cocktails that call for ripe ingredients like foraged herbs and fresh-squeezed citrus.

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Hendrick's Gin



"Curious, yet marvelous," this unique Scottish spirit is distilled in small batches using 12 high-quality botanicals. The particularly soft and subtle infusion of cucumber and Bulgarian rose makes Hendrick's both an approachable gateway gin for newbies and a refreshing go-to staple for more seasoned aficionados.

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Few Spirits American Gin



Lemon peel and vanilla stand out the most in this fun American gin from Illinois-based Few Distillery, though each sip closes with a refreshing reminder of crisp juniper. You'll definitely want to keep sipping.

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Bulldog London Dry Gin



One of our favorite gins to use in a clean and classic martini, Bulldog London Dry Gin is versatile enough to sip during any season. Plus, poppy and Dragon Eye are included in its unique list of botanicals, adding a bit of mystery to an otherwise traditional recipe.

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New York Distilling Company Dorothy Parker American Gin



Dorothy Parker American Gin is made with a delicious blend of both traditional botanicals — like juniper and elderberries — as well as contemporary ingredients like hibiscus, making it a fun, unconventional pick for a gin newbie.

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Tanqueray No. TEN



More citrusy than the original juniper-forward (aka "this tastes like pine needles in my mouth") Tanqueray, the addition of fresh white grapefruit, lime, orange, and chamomile flowers lifts Tanqueray No. TEN's botanical mix into a lighter category, perfectly suited for aperitifs and cocktails.

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Beefeater London Dry Gin



Affordable, versatile, and exceptionally refreshing in a gin and tonic or Tom Collins, Beefeater is a classically crisp London dry gin that can play nicely with any of your favorite cocktail ingredients. Consider Beefeater the workhorse of your home bar.

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Boodles British London Dry Gin



One of the most versatile and affordable options on the market, Boodles is a must-have for any home bar. It's versatile, clean, and uniquely distilled without citrus, making it an excellent option for an already lemon-heavy Tom Collins. Plus, Boodles ... it's fun to say every time.

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Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin



Now we don't want to sound snobby, but if you show up to the party with a bottle of Caorunn in hand, we think you'll quiet even the most judgey of juniper juice junkies. Just — you know, make sure you know how to pronounce it.

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St. George Terroir Gin



This California-made gin is truly one of a kind due to its unconventional and super local ingredient list that includes Douglas fir, California bay laurel, and California coastal sage. This gin is lush and woodsy without being piney — a true flavor feat.

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Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin



Helping to put a new region for gin distribution on the map, Australia-made Four Pillars has a few unique Aussie touches in its ingredient list, including lemon myrtle, Australian oranges, and Tasmanian pepper berry leaf. Good onya, mate!

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Breuckelen Distilling Glorious Gin



Lemon, rosemary, ginger, and grapefruit stand out most in this bright and crisp New York-based gin. It's divine in virtually any shaken cocktail, and it makes a great gift for your super cool gin-loving friends.

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Martin Miller's London Dry Gin



This London Dry variety prides itself on being the ambassador for super premium gins, and for good reason. Miller's packs a full-bodied citrusy trip for the taste buds, ending with a clean, soft crispness that makes it ideal for cocktails. Reach for this bottle when you're feeling nautical.