Gin is the most versatile spirit, one that is ideal for cocktails and mixes well with fruity, herbaceous, and botanical bar staples. Best enjoyed when chilled, mixed, and garnished, either at an outdoor summer cocktail party or a cool winter fireside evening; you can enjoy gin in a refreshing G&T, a dry martini, or an effervescent cocktail. To help you pick your party favourites, team Cosmo India and our expert jury panel judged hundreds of Indian spirits at the Cosmo SNAs to arrive at a list of the best gins for a soirée.
1. Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Tanqueray has been the number one choice of bartenders worldwide, with an award-winning recipe made from four traditional gin botanicals—piney juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica, and sweet liquorice. The formula has remained unchanged since the days of Charles Tanqueray and is suited to complex fruity or herbal cocktails like a G&T or a Negroni.
2. Hendricks Gin
Hendricks has reinvented the game when it comes to flavours of gin, created with 11 new exciting varieties of botanicals; it's the most recognised bottle on any bar. An unusual symphony of botanicals and marvellous infusions of rose and cucumber infuse this spirit with its uniquely balanced, light, yet intriguingly complex flavour. The result—an impeccably smooth gin with a delightfully floral aroma. Revamp your G&T with this wondrously refreshing gin and garnish with a slice of cucumber.
3. Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
Fruity and spicy, Monkey 47 is exceptionally complex-yet-refined on the taste buds. With woody notes, citrus notes, and sweet pine, it's a robust gin with a lot of spice on the palate. It would be the perfect addition to a martini.
4. Beefeater London Dry Gin
One of the world's most awarded gins in the world, Beefeater is the quintessential London dry gin. Having a prominent juniper character and strong citrus notes— it tastes pure and classic. This bold and distinct gin has an earthy sweetness to it with floral citrus notes. Its earthiness brings out the lighter fresh notes in a martini and maintains a strong presence in a G&T.
5. Gordon's London Dry Gin
Gordons is the ultimate party starter which also happens to be the world's best-selling gin. It's refreshing, delicious, and juicy. A triple-distilled gin with a secret combination of botanicals that fans of the brand find distinctive, Gordon's is a gin to be enjoyed after work on a Friday evening or a casual get-together with friends.
6. Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin is vapour-infused with ten sustainably-sourced botanicals and is delicately flavoured, ideal for creating cocktails. Some of them are the usual suspects, such as juniper, liquorice, and citrus, to give it its distinctive flavour; this exquisite gin is the choice gin lovers swear by.