If you’re looking to build a complete home bar, then you’re going to need gin. Even if you think all gins taste like pine needles and detergent (they don’t), chances are at least one of your friends takes great joy in ordering a Singapore Sling or even a simple gin and tonic whenever he goes out. He’s also the one that brings the best snacks during poker night, so you need to keep him around.
If you didn’t know, the great thing about the gin category is that you can find a lot of really good gins for cheap. If you can drop a Jackson, you can find a bottle that will be more than serviceable. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best gins under $20. While the price may vary depending on where in the country (or world) you are, these are generally the best buys you’re going to find at that price point.
Gordon’s Gin – $13
Three words help Gordon’s onto this list: Bond, James Bond. Seriously, if it’s good enough for one of the world’s greatest secret agents, we’re pretty sure this London Dry Gin is good enough for you (and your Vespers). Unless you, too, are one of the world’s greatest secret agents (and if that’s the case, hit us up, we’ve got some international business we need to discuss).
New Amsterdam Gin – $14
Technically considered a Modern Gin, when it comes to price for quality, New Amsterdam is one of our favorites. With a citrusy nose and palate, plus a little bit of sweetness, New Amsterdam holds its own against just about any other gin out there. At 40 percent ABV, you can use it in cocktails or drink it straight without convulsing every time you try to swallow.
Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve Gin – $15
Drier and spicier than Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin, this iteration also packs a bit of a piney punch. Aged for a short time and bottled at barrel proof (in this case, 51 percent ABV), you’re getting a heck of a deal for less than twenty bucks. With the higher proof, this gin shines in cocktails.
Treaty Oak Waterloo Gin – $20
You might not think of Texas when you think of gin, but Austin-based Treaty Oak’s Waterloo Gin is not only flavorful, but conveniently-priced to boot. Anise and jasmine are dominant flavors in this gin’s profile, which help to round out the citrus and juniper flavor and nose. Treaty Oak claims the gin is as big as Texas, and they’re not far off.
Broker’s Gin – $20
Another higher-ABV gin (also 47 percent), Broker’s is made in a 200-year-old English distillery and utilizes ten different botanicals to achieve its flavor. According to their site, Broker’s has won more awards than any other gin in the past decade and, with its dry flavor and drinkability, it’s easy to see why. Also, it’s kosher!