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Like the UK, the US has witnessed a huge boom in craft gin in the past decade, producing an array of vibrant gins that demonstrate the diversity of the category, from classic, juniper-led gins to quirky creations with unusual base spirits. Here’s a taster of what to expect with our pick of the best American gins to try.

Best American gins to try at a glance

  • Best classic dry American gin: Bluecoat American Dry Gin, £36.95
  • Best floral American gin: Dorothy Parker New York Gin, £33.99
  • Best citrussy American gin: Rickey Gin by New Columbia Distillers, £34.95
  • Best unusual American gin: FEW American Gin, £39.95
  • Best balanced American gin: Aviation American Gin, £28
  • Best navy strength American gin: Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, £37.99

Best American gins to try 2023

Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Pennsylvania

Bluecoat American Dry Gin

Best classic dry American gin

Laying claim to be Pennsylvania's first post-Prohibition distillery, Philadelphia Distilling named its flagship product after the Bluecoats, soldiers who took part in the American Revolutionary War. This dry gin comes in an eye-catching jewel-blue bottle and delivers plenty of bold, fresh flavour, including soft, earthy juniper, spicy coriander and zippy citrus notes. Super smooth, it would make a killer martini.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£36.95)
Ocado (£36.50)

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Dorothy Parker New York gin

Bottle of Dorothy Parker American gin

Best floral American gin

All the way from Brooklyn, elderberry, citrus, cinnamon and hibiscus botanicals create a rather elegant gin, with a warm, gracefully floral character. Try with a citrussy tonic water.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£33.99)
Amazon (£34.95)
The Whisky Exchange (£34.95)

Rickey Gin by New Columbia Distillers, Washington

Rickey Gin

Best citrussy American gin

This Washington D.C-made gin is inspired by the flavours of a gin rickey cocktail (a highball drink made with gin, lime juice and sparkling water) and the end result is a citrussy corker. Light and clean with an oily, smooth mouthfeel, expect masses of creamy lemon curd and zesty lemon sherbert flavours.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£34.95)

FEW American Gin, Illinois

Best unusual American gin

This unusual gin from Evanston in Illinois is made with white whisky (unaged bourbon), with lemon, vanilla, lush fruitiness and warming grain notes from the base spirit. The juniper is much more subtle and doesn’t taste like a typical gin, we were reminded more of a blanco tequila or pisco. An adventurous choice for intrepid gin drinkers.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£39.95)
Amazon (£44.40)

Aviation American Gin, Oregon

Aviation American Gin

Best balanced American gin

This craft gin from Portland, Oregon is now a multi-million dollar brand and we can see why. Featuring botanicals of cardamom, coriander, lavender, anise, juniper, orange peel and sarsaparilla, it’s a lovely, balanced gin with cardamom spice, sweet floral notes and citrus peel shining through.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£32.99)
The Whisky Exchange (£34.95)
Amazon (£28)
Tesco (£28)

Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, New York

Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin

Best navy strength American gin

New York Distilling Co uses wild-flower honey from upstate New York in this juniper-forward gin, which is characterised by warming spice and earthy orange notes. One for those who like the higher-proof styles.

Available from:
Amazon (£42.44)
Master of Malt (£37.99)


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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