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The Best Gins for Making a Negroni Cocktail

There's something about the sweet and bitter flavor of a Negroni that's hard to beat on a hot day. Amp up your summer cocktail game with our top-rated gin picks.

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Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s gets its unique flavor during the distillation process, thanks to an infusion of rose petal and cucumber. Other tasting notes in this Scottish spirit include coriander, chamomile, citrus peel and of course, juniper. Want to add those notes to your Negroni, too? Go with Hendrick’s.

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North Shore Distillery Distiller's Gin No. 11via

North Shore Distillery Distiller’s Gin No. 11

Though a relative newcomer in the world of gin, Distiller’s Gin No. 11 has received plenty of praise. This gin features a robust juniper flavor along with notes of citrus peel and pink peppercorns. Since it’s produced in Illinois, this gin’s current distribution is mostly limited to the Midwest.

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Tanqueray London Dry Ginvia

Tanqueray London Dry Gin

If you order a Negroni at a bar, more often than not it’s made with Tanqueray. A classic choice for any cocktail, this gin features the flavors of only four botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica root and licorice.

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Brooklyn Gin

This award-winning American gin features freshly peeled citrus and hand-cracked juniper berries. Distribution of this small-batch gin is currently limited to New York State, with extensive availability throughout New York City.

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BLOOM London Ginvia

Bloom London Gin

A great choice for a Negroni, Bloom was created by Joanne Moore, one of the world’s few female Master Distillers. This dry gin features light floral and sweet flavors, including notes of chamomile, honey and citrus.

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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Ginvia

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

With an infusion of 47 botanicals, the flavor of this German dry gin is quite complex. Along with traditional juniper notes, this gin also features lavender, fresh citrus peel, coriander and a variety of herbs and brambles sourced from the Black Forest region (aka Schwarzwald) where the gin is distilled.

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Beefeater London Dry Ginvia

Beefeater London Dry Gin

Beefeater is another classic London Dry Gin with hearty juniper notes and a strong citrus flavor. This gin is also perfect in a classic martini.

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St. George Terroir Ginvia

St. George Terroir Gin

As its name suggests, this Californian gin is a true testament to where it is produced. Crafted from Douglas fir, California bay laurel and coastal sage, this gin is sure to add a West coast flair to your Negroni (or any cocktail, for that matter).

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Plymouth Ginvia

Plymouth Gin

Plymouth Gin has been distilled using the same blend of botanicals since 1973. This gin hails from Plymouth, England, the port from which the Mayflower set sail.

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The Botanist Ginvia

The Botanist Gin

This herbal gin features 22 hand-foraged botanicals gathered from the Scottish Isle of Islay, where it is distilled.

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Gin Marevia

Gin Mare

Gin Mare is produced in a small Spanish fishing town just off the coast of the Mediterranean. Its flavor—influenced by its seaside locale—features notes of rosemary, olives, citrus, thyme and basil and is the perfect counterpart to bitter Campari and sweet vermouth.

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Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.