Popular Gin Brands Bartenders Should Know
There are four popular types of gin bartenders should know: London dry gin, Dutch gin, Holland gin, and flavored gin. The following are all London dry gins. Each brand has its own distinctive flavor that comes from a carefully guarded recipe.
Aviation: A gin distilled in Portland, Oregon, from an adventurous blend of spices from around the world.
Bafferts: A London gin that's handcrafted with a closely guarded recipe.
Beefeater: A gin made in the only premium dry gin distillery in London.
Beefeater WET: A lighter-tasting gin (70 proof) made with natural pear flavors.
Bluecoat: An American gin distilled in Philadelphia.
Bols Genever: A gin from Holland made with high-quality malt wine. (Gins from Holland are also called Genever.)
Booth's: A London dry gin.
Bombay: Made from a well-guarded recipe that dates back to 1761.
Bombay Sapphire: Conceived by Michel Roux, president of Carillon Importers, Sapphire has more natural botanical ingredients than any other gin.
Boodles: Named after the London club; one of the most popular gins in the United Kingdom.
Bulldog: A London dry gin infused with poppy and dragon eye.
Citadelle: Made in Cognac, France, with 19 exotic botanicals.
Cork Dry Gin: An Irish gin distilled in Cork City.
Damrak: A high-quality gin from Amsterdam.
Genevieve: Made in the United States by Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. A throwback to the earliest forms of gin.
Gordon's: First distilled more than 225 years ago in London by Alexander Gordon, who pioneered and perfected the making of an unsweetened gin with a smooth character and aromatic flavors known as London Dry.
G'Vine: A gin from France made with a Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano grapes) base spirit, infused with green grape flowers.
Hendrick's: A Scottish gin with juniper, coriander, rose petal, citrus, and an infusion of cucumber.
Magellan: A French gin handcrafted in small batches, using natural exotic botanicals from around the globe.
Martin Miller's: A London dry gin, considered the world's first super-premium gin.
Plymouth: Legend has it that a surgeon in the Royal Navy invented this gin to help the sailors make their Angostura bitters more palatable (pink gin).
Right: An ultra-premium gin made with juniper, cardamom, and coriander leaf.
Seagram's Extra Dry: A citrus-tasting golden gin.
Tanqueray: Its unique green bottle is said to be inspired by an English fire hydrant.
Tanqueray No. Ten: A super-premium gin from Tanqueray with a blend of fresh botanicals, including grapefruit and camomile. It's distilled four times.