NOW UPDATED FOR 2014
I get it, you are on a budget but still want to drink something delicious. You are asking, “what is the best gin for the money?” You don’t necessarily mind spending some money as long as it is on something good. We intend to answer that exact question! To help us do so, we have put together this list of five gins which are some of the favorites we turn to on a very regular basis when we are looking for the best gin for the money!
Every time I pick up a bottle of New Amsterdam Straight Gin, I feel like it must have been mis-priced. $13?!? Seriously?!?! When I think back to college, I wish I had know that I could get spirits like this and Evan Williams that might be very cheap, yet they drink like something for which you paid two to three times more money. Perfect for your go to cheap gin.
It seems like everyone loving Bombay Sapphire these days has completely forgotten about Bombay Original Dry Gin. That is fortunate for those of that didn’t! It is a true value gin coming it at less than $20. Even Wine Enthusiast has gotten in on this one, giving it a review in the 80’s and labeling it a best buy in the gin category.
Hendrick’s Gin seemed to come out of nowhere a few years back and take over the gin world. The claim to fame of this $26 gin is that it has an enormous amount of cucumber essence which makes it unique, delicious, and a fabulous addition to any cucumber based cocktail. The versatility and uniqueness make it a sure winner.
Junipero Gin, made my Anchor distilling out in San Francisco, is a perfect example of some of the high quality American gins being made these days. The name is, of course, a reference to the predominant juniper flavor in all gins. You can typically find this gin for just a shade under $30, and it is well worth every penny.
While Nolet’s has been around forever, the Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin is a somewhat new addition to the market. It represents their attempt to stay true to the changing gin tastes of the modern consumer with something less herbaceous and more fruity. Though the final product is rather expensive (just less than $50), it is indisputably tasty.