Modern Gin made in the USA

Also called “contemporary” or “New World”, modern gins put less of an emphasis on juniper and often add unusual botanicals (sarsaparilla, apples, and tea to name a few). Here are some of our favorites all made in the US of A!
May 29, 2018
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    Released in 2015, FEW Breakfast Gin combines traditional gin botanicals such as juniper, coriander, and citrus with the Earl Grey tea. Distilled from grain, it is bottled at 42% ABV.
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    Floral & Spicy
    Distillery No. 209's flagship gin is distilled a total of 5 times from corn harvested in the midwest. The first four distillations are done in a column-still (essentially a vodka base) and before the final distillation in their hand-hammered 25-foot alembic copper pot-still, botanicals are macerated in the spirit overnight. The botanical blend includes Calabrian juniper, bergamot orange peel, lemon peel, cardamom pods, cassia bark, angelica root, coriander seed, and other secret ingredients. It is bottled at 46% ABV.
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    Fruity & Rich
    Hailing from Richmond, California--close to the San Francisco Bay--Spiritus seeks to take advantage of the Golden State’s diverse and abundant supply of natural produce. These ingredients are painstakingly distilled — sometimes individually — and married together to allow them a clear voice over the base of non-GMO grain spirit. Perhaps most intriguing, the high-proof distillate is cut with a solution of fresh Sierra Nevada mountain-range spring water and aromatic Persian cucumbers.
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    American Aviation Gin was released in 2006 as a collaborative product between Seattle bartender Ryan Magarian and House Spirits Distillery based in Portland, Oregon. Using a neutral grain spirit, seven different botanicals - juniper, elettaria cardamom, lavender, sarsaparilla, coriander, anise seed and dried sweet orange peel - are steeped and boiled with the spirit in a steel vat before being distilled again and bottled at 42% ABV. Note: As of February 2018, actor Ryan Reynolds is the proud owner of the gin brand.
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    Herbal & Spicy
    Spring44 is quick to point out that 96 percent of the premium clear spirits consumed in the United States are imported. With Colorado’s premium water supply and bounty of botanicals they believe that they can compete favorably with the overseas brands. Even their beautiful Vendome copper pot/column still is manufactured in Kentucky. Most of the botanicals are certified organic and the Mountain Gin features some classics such as juniper, coriander, and orris root and some more contemporary gin favorites like kaffir lime leaf, peppermint, and basil.
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    Dry Fly Distilling sources the soft white winter wheat used for their vodka and gin from the family-owned Wisota Farm in Eastern Washington. Made in Spokane, their flagship gin includes botanicals grown locally: Washington Fuji apples, coriander, lavender, mint, hops, and juniper berries from Oregon. It is bottled at 40% ABV.
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    Koval was established in 2008 by two academics that were eager to make organic spirits. They’ve been able to spread their name and their products far and wide since then. They use “woodland spices” to make their dry gin and bottle it at 47% alcohol by volume.
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    Spicy & Floral
    Named after writer, poet, and gin enthusiast Dorothy Parker, this American gin is made with several botanicals, including juniper, elderberries, citrus, cinnamon and hibiscus petals. These botanicals are added to a neutral spirit made from New York-grown grain. Distilled and bottled at New York Distilling Co. located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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    Fruity & Sweet
    The St. Augustine distillery is based in Florida’s eponymous town that carries the title of America’s oldest city. All products born here focus on the region’s long history and proximity to a variety of natural crops. For the gin that means using a 100% Florida-grown sugarcane for the neutral spirit and their legendary citrus. In order to preserve the spirit’s freshness, all botanicals (including juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon peel, and cassia bark) are ground using a vintage hand-mill right before use.
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    Botanivore is aptly named as this gin most certainly is a "botanical eater", 19 different ones to be exact. Sixteen of them are steeped overnight in a neutral spirit to soak and steep. The remaining three--juniper berries, bay laurel, and fresh cilantro--are placed in a basket within the still to have the vapor pass through them. After pot-distillation, this gin is brought down to 45% ABV. It is sold in a 750ml size and in a 200ml sized bottle, the latter of which is sold in a trio pack with their other two gins.