Not all gins are created equal. When most people think of gin, they think of the oily, citrusy flavor profile of a London Dry Gin like Beefeater or Gordon’s. But gin has a softer side that is perhaps best seen in Hendrick’s, a Scottish gin that’s made with rose and cucumber (among many other botanicals). If you really dig this floral-style gin, these alternatives might also appeal to you.
1. Magellan Gin
Hendrick’s is made with rose, while Magellan gin is made predominantly with Iris flowers and Iris root. Other ingredients include nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, juniper berries, and more. Magellan has a distinctive blue hue, and a delicate flavor that is ideal for minimalist cocktails. If you like Hendrick’s and want to branch out into more floral gins, this is the first bottle that should be on your list.
2. Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin
Crafted in Holland and given The Kitchn‘s seal of approval, Nolet’s has notes of Turkish rose, peach, and raspberry. The Nolet family has been making gin for over 300 years so they’ve got distillation down to an art. This gin is ideal for floral or fruity cocktails like these.
3. Bloom Gin
Bloom is inspired by the herbs and flowers than grow in a traditional English garden. The biggest flavors here are honeysuckle and chamomile with citrus notes of pomelo. Bloom is recommended for use in strawberry-based cocktails or G&T’s, but they also recommend a whole bunch here. They also recommend Fentiman’s for tonic water.