Gin has long been one of our favourite spirits. We would argue that it's always been popular, but there's no denying that recent years have seen an influx in interest in the botanical spirit. And we'd say it's because gin cocktails are simply the best. Fresh and floral, fruity, herbal, citrusy — you name it. When it comes to gin cocktails, anything goes.
There are so many different kinds of gin on the market now, too, with many coming from local Ontario distilleries. In Toronto, you'll find Reid's Distillery and Collective Arts Brewing turning out some fantastic spirits, and just outside the city is Dillon's Small Batch Distillers. Each distillery is offering their own unique take on the spirit, using different herbs, botanicals and infusions.
While most gins include juniper, coriander, angelica and other standard herbs, some get really creative with their botanical blends. There's also an abundance of flavoured gins, like Whitley Neill, on the market, which can add various notes and layers to your gin cocktails.
Here, we've suggested which bottle may work best in these gin cocktails, but feel free to have fun with it. Gin cocktails are what you make 'em.
Dillon’s Rose Gin Negroni
This take on a classic negroni uses Dillon's Rose Gin to add floral notes to an otherwise strong and citrusy gin cocktail.