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Gin is the key ingredient to some of the most iconic, classic cocktails, from the Negroni and French 75 to James Bond’s martini.
Originating in the Netherlands, gin derives its name from the Dutch word genever, which means juniper—the spirit’s defining ingredient, which lends its signature pine-like flavor. Unlike its cousin, vodka, which traditionally strives for crisp neutrality, gin is complex. Most variations have a minimum of ten botanicals, with some leaning bright and citrusy while others express more herbal flavor.
Produced around the world, gin can be found in a variety of price points. Whether you are looking for the perfect bottle for a Tom Collins or sipping it on the rocks, there’s one for every taste and budget.
Here are 12 of our favorites, all under $50.
Citadelle Jardin d’Été; $25. Buy on Drizly. The name of this newcomer, launched in April 2021, means “summer garden… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Listoke 1777 Irish Gin; $39. Find on Wine-Searcher. Comforting gingerbread-like aromas channel allspice, anise and a hint of molasses. The palate is a bit brighter, opening with lemon verbena and pine forest… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Yu Gin; $32. Buy on Drizly. This citrusy gin, made with yuzu and Sichuan pepper, hails from France’s Cognac region. The mild aroma whispers lemon peel—the palate shouts it… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Nolet’s Silver Gin; $49. Buy on Drizly. Look for a pale straw hue and floral aromas intertwined with a hint of fruity sweetness… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Rétha Oceanic Gin; $45. Buy on Drizly. Crisp and slightly vegetal, this nuanced gin opens with bright fennel and citrus then rounds into mouthwatering white pepper, anise and coriander… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW
Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie; $40. Buy on Drizly. The bottle is tinted blush pink, but the liquid inside is crystal clear. Grapefruit peel and juniper lead the nose… SEE SCORE AND REVIEW