Chilly winter nights might not feel like gin drinking weather. The season is overshadowed by the likes of cognac, rye, dark rum, bourbon, and Scotch. But in the right cocktail, gin always works. Especially when it’s able to remind you of sunny, warm, summer days instead of gloomy, wintry ones. A well-made, simple gin & tonic can cure even Alladin’s genie-sized winter blues.
Since we’re all about getting the summer feels mid-winter, we asked some of our favorite bartenders to tell us their favorite bang-for-your-buck gins. Because if you’re drinking gin in the winter, we don’t want you spending a lot to do it.
Mariel Burns, head bartender at Trademark Taste + Grind in New York City
“What’s my go-to budget gin and why? I have to go with Spring 44, out of Colorado. It’s a really nice gin with an even flavor profile, without going too piney nor too floral.”
Gordon’s London Dry Gin
Andrew Meltzer, bartender at Noosh in San Francisco
“Gordon’s London Dry Gin. This gin is a bar staple that can be found around the world, whether you’re at a craft bar in Japan or on a cruise ship in the Bahamas. The gin has classic botanicals and works well in everything from a Martini to a Gimlet. She’s not a delicate or high-strength gin, but it’s a workhorse that won’t let you down.”