Long gone are the days when gin just meant a bracingly dry, predictable, juniper-forward clear spirit that was only used in Martinis and Gin and Tonics. Nowadays you can find gin made in practically every state in the U.S. and every corner of the world, each expression representing the flavor and character of a particular region through the use of local botanicals (with juniper still playing an important role in the mix, of course). For this list, we turned our focus to new-school gins that stand out from the pack. The old guard brands that are made in the London dry style—Beefeater, Gordon’s, Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire—are all great, but here you’ll find 11 examples of gins that stand out for their flavor and botanical mixture. All of these are great for using in a cocktail, but also worthy of sipping on their own, so give them a try and see what you think for yourself.

Our Best Gin Picks