Gin is an essential part of any home bar, but for many, your first gin experience boils down to “this tastes like pine trees” or “this tastes like soap.” Thankfully, that is not always the case. Even more thankfully, you don’t have to pay a ton of money for a gin not to taste like it should be used to clean a cafeteria’s floors. We’ve gathered the best gins under $20 on the market so that next time you’re in need, you know what to buy.
One thing you’ll notice about this list is that the predominant type of gin here is London Dry style. As with most things, the predominant style of anything will usually be the one that is most available and for the least amount of money. In future pieces, we’ll cover higher-priced gins and gins of different styles, but for now, here are the best bargain gins available:
Gordon’s Gin – $13
Three words help Gordon’s onto this list: Bond, James Bond. Seriously, if it’s good enough for one of the world’s greatest secret agents, we’re pretty sure this London Dry Gin is good enough for you (and your Vespers). Unless you, too, are one of the world’s greatest secret agents (and if that’s the case, hit us up, we’ve got some international business we need to discuss.)
New Amsterdam Gin – $14
Technically considered a Modern Gin, when it comes to price for quality, New Amsterdam is one of our favorites. With a citrusy nose and palate, plus a little bit of sweetness, New Amsterdam holds its own against just about any other gin out there. At 40% ABV, you can use it in cocktails or drink it straight without convulsing every time you try to swallow.
Bellringer London Dry Gin – $17
Made in California, Bellringer gin is a juniper-forward London Dry gin with citrus, black pepper, and mint notes to round out the flavor profile. Bellringer comes in a little higher ABV than most some of the others on this list at 47%, but that helps it to hold up in classic cocktails such as a Martini or a Negroni.
Treaty Oak Waterloo Gin – $20
You might not think of Texas when you think of gin, but Austin-based Treaty Oak’s Waterloo gin is not only flavorful, but conveniently-priced to boot. Anise and jasmine are dominant flavors in this gin’s profile, which help to round out the citrus and juniper flavor and nose. Treaty Oak claims the gin is as big as Texas, and they’re not far off.
Broker’s Gin – $20
Another higher-ABV gin (also 47%), Broker’s is made in a 200-year-old English distillery and utilizes ten different botanicals to achieve its flavor. According to their site, Broker’s has won more awards than any other gin in the past decade and, with its dry flavor and drinkability, it’s easy to see why. Also, it’s kosher!