Gin & Tonics are the coffee of the cocktail world — difficult to fully appreciate at first but once you jump on board, you wonder how you ever lived without them.
Served over ice with a citrus garnish, G&Ts deliver all the refreshment of simpler highballs but dial up the complexity with an array of botanicals from the base spirit and the challenging bittersweet profile of tonic water.
With just two components, there’s nowhere for the ingredients to hide, and it’s impossible to overstate the importance of reaching for a high-quality bottle when mixing G&Ts. The following 12 bottles not only deliver that quality, but jive with their slightly awkward dance partner to serve the most impressive versions of the cocktail. Here are the best gins for gin and tonics.
Beefeater London Dry Gin
Almost as bold as it gets on the juniper scale, Beefeater is worthy of its reputation as the quintessential London Dry gin. The pronounced peppery berry notes offer the ideal match for bittersweet tonic water, while a spray of citrus on the finish refreshes the palate. Average price: $19.
Citadelle Jardin d’Été Gin
Produced by France’s Maison Ferrand, this expression launched in 2021 to shake up summer gin drinking. With fruity botanicals including orange, yuzu, and melon, this gin serves a light and delicate G&T, and pairs particularly well with Fever Tree’s citrus tonic water. Average price: $28.
This bartender-inspired bottle finds a natural home in classic cocktails like the Martini and Gimlet. When you don’t want to go to the effort of pulling out a mixing glass and strainer, its versatile, juniper-forward profile shines equally in this highball. Average price: $26.
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin
Distilled with olives, rosemary, and thyme, this Mediterranean gin tastes custom-designed for G&Ts and delivers a startlingly full-flavored version of the cocktail. Go to town on fresh herbs and citrus for the garnish. Average price: $37.
Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin
From Brooklyn, this gin is made in a custom-designed, vacuum-sealed copper still. The innovative apparatus allows for distillation at lower temperatures than normal, which maintains vibrant botanical notes. Though touted as an American Dry Gin, its profile will be familiar to London Dry drinkers. Average price: $35.
With the distinctive inclusion of cucumber and rose in its botanical bill, Hendrick’s adds a refreshing, floral character to G&Ts. Go like-for-like when garnishing the cocktail and add thin slices of fresh cucumber along with citrus. Average price: $33.
Highclere Castle Gin
An artisanal take on the London Dry style, this gin includes botanicals grown in the gardens of the castle that lend the expression its name. Hints of lavender and lime stand out on the palate, providing extra layers of flavor to the cocktail. Average price: $39.
From San Francisco, everything about this expression, from its name to dominant tasting notes, pays homage to the very ingredient that defines gin. This juniper-forward profile leads to a bold, piney G&T that will delight purists. Average price: $31.
Nikka Coffey Gin
This Japanese gin includes four native citrus fruits in its botanical bill. Though its flavor profile tends toward new, unexpected, and exciting, at its core lies the familiar soul of London Dry. Finishing with zesty vigor, Nikka Coffey mixes a sweet, spicy, and smooth G&T. Average price: $46.
Notable for helping usher in the “ginaissance” of recent years, Sipsmith’s botanical bill arrives fresher and more colorful than those of so many other London Dry gins. G&Ts made with this expression hit all the classic notes, but they seem to be played at a higher volume with clearer definition. Average price: $35.
For the textbook definition of a true G&T, look no further than Tanqueray. Serving all the traditional gin botanicals in perfectly balanced proportions, its juniper, citrus, roots, and spice notes combine seamlessly with the challenging profile of tonic water. Average price: $24.
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
Including 22 hand-foraged ingredients from the Scottish isle of Islay, The Botanist is delicate, nuanced, and approachable. It mixes an understated G&T, but one that by no means lacks character or flavor — perfect for those who are trying the combination for the first time. Average price: $40.