As the American gin industry is largely focused on small batch craft gins, there are a multitude of small distilleries producing the bulk of the American gins that are commercially available.
With this in mind, some of the notable distilleries to come out of America include Greenhook Ginsmiths Distillery, which produces American favourites like the Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin, New York Distilling Co, who make the famously strong Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, and Distillery No. 209, responsible for crafting the distinctly American style gin No. 209 Gin.
Whilst these distilleries and bottles represent some of the common mentions when someone first discusses American gin, beneath the surface there are even more uniquely crafted gins emerging across the country.
One such example includes the hauntingly named Death’s Door Gin, crafted by Death’s Door Spirits, that uses only three botanicals in such a way that the often off-putting bitter-tasting dryness common amongst other London dry style gins because of their heavy use of juniper is almost non-existent in this bottle.
Looking into American gin distilleries and brands can prove to be a truly new and exciting process for the gin connoisseur as it offers them the chance to venture towards the softer side of gin, outside of the juniper-heavy and bitterly-dry classic London dry gins common in Britain and Europe.
For other options, read this article, which offers up some further recommended American gins to sample, or consider the range of craft gins available online here.
Pairing Food with American Gin
Because American gin, as a general characteristic, represents a step towards the softer side of gin, it is easy to enjoy many of them simply neat, over ice, and garnished with a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber, or orange.
Added to this, the American distillers’ fondness to focus their gins away from juniper, and with the base spirit often being sweeter and softer in texture thanks to it being a mash of corn and wheat, it results in American gin’s being matched with a softer and less bitter style of tonic water that the more traditional Indian tonic water.
American gins also tend to be used in the sweeter style gin cocktails, such as the Bramble or the Bees Knees, due to the characteristically sweeter and softer profiles of the gins.
They can, however, be used in many of the classically dry gin cocktails, including Gin Martini or Negroni, for those wishing to soften these with a less intensely dry or bitter gin.