Gin is most certainly in! As we celebrate International Gin & Tonic Day on April 9th, here are a few of our favorite gin bottles from around the world that you should stock up on to up your G&T game all year long.
5 Essential Gin Bottles for Gin & Tonic Day
Seersucker Southern Style Gin ($25.99) – USA
Made in San Antonio, Texas, Seersucker Southern Style Gin is inspired by flavors from the southern kitchen. Seersucker is distilled in small batches in a hand-hammered European copper pot still and uses all-natural botanicals. With hints of citrus, honey and mint complementing its light juniper undertones, Seersucker brings an entirely new gin flavor profile to the market. Sweet and smooth to the taste, Seersucker Southern Style Gin is an approachable, easy-to-mix spirit. Best enjoyed with a splash of tonic or soda water and a squeeze of fresh citrus.
“The driving force behind Seersucker was a desire to create a gin that is approachable, easy-to-mix and honestly, just great tasting. We worked for more than a year to accomplish the perfect taste profile that is light on the palate and has recognizable Southern flavors, yet still maintains the nuances that a gin drinker appreciates.” – Trey Azar, Founder and Master Distiller of Seersucker Southern Style Gin
Where to Buy: Available at Total Wine & More, Spec’s and other purveyors of spirits across the South and in Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada and Rhode Island.
www.seersuckergin.com | @seersuckersoutherngin
Brockmans Gin ($34.99) – England
Four friends started Brockmans Gin in 2008 with the intention of creating a gin that was truly “like no other.” The result is a super-premium gin, crafted to be intensely smooth and just as delicious on the rocks as it is mixed in cocktails. Made with eleven natural botanicals sourced from around the world, this gin balances traditional juniper flavors with notes of citrus, blueberry, and blackberry. Brockmans recommends first sipping their gin neat to provide an introductory taste, or mixed with your favorite premium tonic.
“Forget everything you know about gin – Brockmans stands out in the spirits space as a luxury product with a refreshingly new gin taste experience. We began our work in 2006, working alongside chefs and tasters to perfect Brockmans’ distinct botanical recipe. Combining blueberry, blackberry, coriander and bright citrus peel, Brockmans’ deliciously smooth and versatile flavor is enjoyable over ice and offers a unique taste twist to gin cocktails.” – Bob Fowkes, Co-Founder and Marketing Director of Brockmans Gin.
Where to Buy: Brockmans Gin, based in the UK, is now available in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont.
www.brockmansgin.com | @brockmansgin
Rutte Dry Gin ($30.00) – Netherlands
Named the Best Gin at WSWA, Rutte has been distilling jenever, gin and liqueurs since 1872. This dry style gin is an elegant product made with a recipe has been a family secret passed down for seven generation. As it is International Gin and Tonic Day, recommend either using our Rutte Celery Gin in a “C+T” or our Rutte Dry Gin in a traditional Gin & Tonic.
Where to Buy: Available to purchase on Liquorama.
www.ruttedistillery.com | @rutte_distillery
Hendrick’s Gin ($37.00) – Scotland
In a world filled with a myriad of mediocre, mundane and wholly unremarkable things, Hendrick’s exists as a shining beacon of unusualness. A delightful palette of 11 botanicals and a curious infusion of rose petal and cucumber give Hendrick’s a unique taste and aroma. Hendrick’s Gin is handcrafted in Scotland in small batches of no more than 500 liters by Ms. Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller, and her apprentice, marrying distillates from the rare Carter-Head and Bennet stills. Hendrick’s delights the taste buds with its smooth yet distinctive flavour. No other gin tastes like Hendrick’s because no other gin is made like Hendrick’s.
“Hendrick’s took the gin world by storm when it first launched back in 2000. The combination of the two types of still and the botanical recipe, including the rose and cucumber elements, ensures a balanced and instantly recognisable product.” – Lesley Gracie, Hendrick’s Gin Master Distiller
Where to Buy: Available at local liquor retailers.
www.hendricksgin.com | @hendricksgin
Elephant London Dry Gin ($34.99) – Germany
Elephant London Dry Gin uses an innovative blend of 14 botanicals with rare African ingredients as well as fresh apples sourced from the orchards around the distillery. The unique African botanicals include the savannah’s “super fruit” Baobab, the extraordinary Buchu plant with a flavor similar to blackcurrant, and the African Wormwood introducing a sharp floral note among others. Locally sourced spring water enhances the purity and smoothness of the gin’s finish. The gin’s distinct nose first yields a subtle juniper aroma, with an undertone of mountain pine and other herbaceous notes. The taste is complex but strikingly smooth, encompassing floral, fruity, and spicy flavors, which can be enjoyed both neat and in a cocktail. Each batch is named after past great tuskers or elephants that Elephant Gin’s partners currently help to protect.
“We are excited to introduce the Elephant Gin brand to the American market. Made with African botanicals and a spirit of travel and adventure, we handcraft our products in Germany, and believe we are able to offer something very unique to the Gin category. We also give back to the land that inspired us in the first place: 15% of bottle profits go to African elephant conservation.” – Tessa Gerlach, Co-Founder
Where to Buy: Available at select purveyors of spirits across the US.
www.elephant-gin.com | @elephantgin