While you scan the shelves at the liquor store looking to try something new, sometimes a bottle jumps out at you. Koval's Dry Gin should, with its laser-cut label that is embossed and die-cut and then topped off with delicate gold foil circles. And the gin matches the attention to detail the label received, made from a blend of woodland spices and with a dry, citrusy nose. It's an organic, small batch gin that is a great choice for cocktails, but flavorful enough to drink straight as well.
If you're after a Gin that can take you around the world in one glass, look no further than Elephant Dry Gin. Inspired by African exploration and its spirit of adventure, Elephant Gin is distilled in Germany using 14 botanicals that include African ingredients like Devil's Claw, Baobab and Wormwood. The unique gin can be enjoyed neat or in a cocktail, and not only tastes like a well-rounded Gin, but comes in a tremendous looking bottle as well. It also stays true to its name, as 15% of the profits go to two African elephant foundations.
During the 1800's, when classic cocktails were at the peak of their powers, Old Tom Gin was an integral part of loads of classic recipes like the Tom Collins. But Prohibition brought it and many others to the brink of extinction and Old Tom Gin wasn't revived until a few years ago. Tanqueray's take on the classic spirit comes from the recipe book of Charles Tanqueray himself with notes dating back to 1835. It's a gin that is light and a bit sweet while remaining incredibly smooth and easy to sip. It's also limited to 100,000 bottles worldwide, so seek out a bottle for your next classic cocktail recipe.
If you like to enjoy a cocktail now and again, but the juniper blast in most gins is more than you prefer, Aviation American Gin might be a great match for you. Aviation intends to take a step away from some traditional gins that have saturated the market and put a unique, fresh stamp on the industry. It's a dry gin, handcrafted in the Pacific Northwest with plenty of fresh citrus flavors along with some hints of lavender and sarsaparilla — making it a fantastic mixer. Combine that with a simple, sexy new bottle and you have a gin that is clearly ready for take off.