In the summer, sometimes there’s nothing better than sipping on a cool, crisp gin & tonic. And now, more than ever, gins are coming with a wide range of flavors beyond the classic juniper.So, pack those glasses full ice, pull out your favorite tonic and grab one of these best gins for a gin and tonic.
Since 1863, Beefeater has provided one of the classic examples of London Dry Gin and to leave the iconic bottle off a best gin for a gin & tonic would be tough. The recipe uses nine types of botanicals, including, of course, juniper, but also lemon peel, coriander seed, almond, Seville orange peel, orris root, licorice root, angelica root, and angelica seed. Available almost everywhere and certainly budget-friendly, Beefeater is the classic fallback.
If too much juniper strikes fear in a palate, try its cousin from down south in England. Plymouth Gin pulls back the juniper a bit and lets the other six botanicals included in the mix shine. Plymouth Gin Navy Strength also allows you to bump up the alcoholic intensity of the gin and tonic, moving from 41 percent ABV to 57 percent.
St. George Spirits
Not one, but three types of gins come from St. George’s in California. Terroir Gin, Botanivore Gin and Dry Rye Gin are all excellent options for the next gin & tonic at the wet bar. Terroir leads with Douglas Fir, Dry Rye spices with the rye and leads with juniper, while Botanivore has 19 botanicals for a palate party.
Moving back further away from in-your-face juniper, Hendrick’s pushes flavors like rose, cucumber which are infused into the spirit. Distilled in relatively small batches in Scotland, Hendrick’s offers a taste of highlands without the peaty tones of Scotch.