The Best Gins Under $40

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  • Updated: Sep 27, 2016

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Gin is a unique spirit, price-wise, in that it has a low ceiling but a pretty high floor. Most of the best gins on the market fall under the $50 mark, but very few of the drinkable ones ever drop below $20. Some have speculated that this is a reaction to historical depictions of gin as the spirit of down-and-out dive bar patrons, but even if that was the original motivation, it's likely just a matter of market inertia at this point.

Regardless, that low ceiling is great news for gin fans (or those who are looking to explore good gin with a little less financial risk). We set the cutoff for this list at $40, because while you can certainly get a fine gin for less than $30 or even $20, we wanted to make sure we included some of our absolute favorite brands that are on the slightly pricier side—but don't worry, fully 60% of them are under $30.

Additionally, we included a few of our favorite craft gins, such as those from Ventura Spirits and Corbin, to spice up the list with some names you probably won't come across anywhere else. Gin is one of the epicenters of creativity in the craft distilling world, as free-form blends of botanicals and infusions offer a canvas upon which talented producers can create truly inventive new flavors. So go ahead, try something new!

  • London Dry Gin
    Critically acclaimed while remaining unpretentious, Beefeater London Dry Gin is a perennial favorite among gin wonks. It's widely available, relatively inexpensive, and arguably embodies the classic London Dry style better than any other. It contains nine botanicals: juniper berries, angelica root, angelica seeds, coriander seeds, licorice, almonds, orris ro…
  • American Gin
    St. George Spirits Terroir Gin is, in the words of their distillers, "an ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State." Using Douglas fir, California bay laurel, coastal sage, roasted coriander seed, juniper berries, and seven other botanicals, it's a brilliantly aromatic gin that brings to mind the seaside forests and earthy chaparral of California. Whether y…
  • London Dry Gin
    Tanqueray No. Ten is the slightly higher-shelf sibling of Tanqueray London Dry Gin, but subscribes to a more modern botanical formula that prioritizes citrus over traditional juniper (though the latter is still certainly present). Since its introduction in 2000, it has been one of the most consistently well-reviewed gins in the world, and remains a favorite …
  • Plymouth Gin
    Plymouth Gin is one of the only gins in the world to be distinguished as its own style. Technically, any gin made in Plymouth, England is a "Plymouth gin," but they happen to be the only one left! It's not as insanely juniper-forward as some of its cousins, and we love it in Negronis for exactly that reason. But it's also great in a classic Gin and Tonic, an…
  • American Gin
    Aviation is one of those few instances where the spirit name came long after the cocktail. First conceived in 2005 in Oregon, Aviation Gin has since exploded as one of the best-selling American gins on the market. Unlike a London Dry, it follows a more modern, citrus-forward approach to the botanicals, with juniper as a subtle note rather than the centerpiec…
  • London Dry Gin
    Citadelle Gin is a French brand of gin made with 19 (!) different botanicals, giving it a beautifully complex palate. It's floral, herbaceous, and subtle, and an excellent choice for pretty much any cocktail. And while we know you should never judge a spirit by its bottle... well, that's one hell of a good-looking bottle.
  • American Gin
    Koval Dry Gin, in addition to having a beautifully-designed bottle and label, is made with a pretty creative array of botanicals. The juniper is certainly present, but it's complemented by a number of (unfortunately unspecified) wildflowers that impart grassy, floral notes to the nose and flavor. This Chicago original is one of those rare gins that's enjoyab…
  • London Dry Gin
    Tanqueray London Dry Gin is a classic gin that makes for a great go-to bottle. It holds up well in spirit-forward gin cocktails like the Martini, but mixes equally well in more complex drinks like the Clover Club or Ramos Gin Fizz. Tanqueray Gin is extremely popular, but don't let that fool you: this classic spirit is more than just a pretty face (though the…
  • American Gin
    According to the distillers, St. George Spirits Dry Rye Gin is "a gin for whiskey lovers." Similar in some ways to a Dutch genever due to its malty character, this is a rich, spicy, unique take on gin that almost deserves a category of its own. It's made with just six botanicals: juniper berries (50% more than in their Botanivore or Terroir gins), black pepp…
  • London Dry Gin
    Beefeater 24, released in 2009, is the newest premium offering from London-based Beefeater. Perhaps the most striking botanicals in this recipe (in addition to juniper, angelica root, angelica seed, coriander seed, liquorice root, almond, orris root, lemon peel, Seville orange peel, and grapefruit peel) are Chinese green tea and Japanese Sencha tea, which cr…
  • American Gin
    From Ventura Spirits: "Wilder Gin is distilled with wild-harvested, native California botanicals including sagebrush, purple sage, bay, yerba santa, pixie mandarin peel and chuchupate. This dynamic mix of the wild and the cultivated bursts with fresh, savory aromas, like taking a walk through the mountains of the central coast. Drink Wilder straight, or use …
  • London Dry Gin
    Bombay Dry Gin is the forgotten sibling of Bombay Sapphire, at least as far as marketing is concerned. But despite the hype and the flashy blue bottle, enthusiasts seem to prefer this one. Made with eight botanicals (Spanish almonds, lemon peel, licorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica root, coriander, and cassia bark), this is definitely a classic, j…
  • London Dry Gin
    Named for Boodle's gentlemen's club in London, some claim that this was the favorite gin of the club's most famous patron: Winston Churchill. As with most claims of the sort, it's impossible to verify, but it's not hard to believe that the famous blusterer would appreciate Boodles' squat, assertive little bottle (we were actually a bit startled to see the ma…
  • American Gin
    Made by infusing botanicals into Corbin Sweet Potato Vodka, Corbin Western Dry Gin is a blend of traditional London Dry and modern American styles of gin. Floral and slightly citrusy, it makes for a great addition to any gin cocktail that needs a little bit of a creative twist.
  • Dutch Gin
    More citrus- than juniper-forward, Van Gogh Gin is pretty obviously made by a company that mostly produces vodka (and an excellent vodka, at that). It's relatively understated, and while it's never going to satisfy fans of a good, juniper-heavy London Dry, this gin is definitely nothing to sneeze at.
  • American Gin
    Coastal Spirits Gin Farallon is a New World-style gin made in Northern California, featuring 12 botanicals including juniper, grapefruit, orange, lavender, elderflower, and cucumber. It starts out as Coastal Spirits' flagship Vodka Farallon, which is seven-times distilled and blended with "pristine mineral spring water drawn from coastal aquifers that we acc…

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