Mixologists are always on the search for the best ingredients to make outstanding signature cocktails. We can make the French 75 cocktail in a few different ways. You can include simple syrup, lemon juice, lemon peel, sparkling wine, or champagne. There is one staple that is required. An essential ingredient is a gin. We recommend using the best you can buy. Our team offers recommendations based on our experience and, of course, personal preferences. Here you will find a few different gin brands to give you choices to allow for your tastes.
5. Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin Price: $42.35
The Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice label took a bronze award at The Gin competition. Midsummer Solstice Gin is a Scottish spirit distilled at the Girvan Distillery in Scotland. It has a grain base. Midsummer Solstice is a limited-edition gin, but you can still find it at a few select online distributors. This is a gin that complements the lemon taste of a French 75 cocktail with notes of juniper and other floral notes. On the nose, you detect a slight essence of citrus fruit and sweetness with aromas of strawberries, roses, and raspberries. The predominant flavor on the palate is that of mild juniper with hints of pine, and a hint of lavender. The floral note adds a lovely complexity, but there is much more. Midsummer Solstice delivers a gentle freshness as a finish that leaves your breath feeling fresh and clean. Some reviewers also report hints of cucumber.
4. Beefeater Gin Price: $37.99
Beefeater Gin is distilled at the Beefeater Distillery in England, United Kingdom. It is a classic gin with a base spirit of the grain. This gin is best for those who prefer an earthier back end. It offers a hint of licorice with coriander and nutty essence. On the nose, it is a dry gin with the first essence of juniper and pine, followed by a light zest of citrus. The back notes, barely detectable, are sweet licorice that some can taste. Initial notes of flavor are lemon with a build of juniper which sustains at the mid-palate. The finish is more complex with notes of earthiness with the angelica, coriander, almond, and orris root. It’s tempered with light citrus on the finish. Some report slight notes of bitterness within its earthy finish. Beefeater Gin offers a bit of a prickly sensation at the back of the throat for those who prefer a slight burn.
3. Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin Price: $23-$43
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin is a fairly new brand that has been in circulation since 1987. This London Dry Gin is easy to find in the USA. It is distilled in copper pots in England and distributed by the well-known Bacardi corporation. The finished product has undergone a double distillation process with botanicals included in the second round. We think this process helps to bring out more fullness of the subtleties, which is likely a savior for this otherwise simple gin. The forward notes are citrus as the predominant aroma on the nose. The flavor is clean with a hint of earthiness from the angelica. On the palate, it is tart with slight hints of sweetness with a juniper build and nuance of spiciness and dry quality. Some detect notes of almond and a hint of sweet licorice, but the subtle notes are back-end essences dominated with the distinct lemon notes. This is a common brand to find at any retailer with a liquor section. It’s a suitable choice for those who prefer dominant citrus notes in a simple gin without a lot of complexity. The essences are there, and if you have a good nose and you’re paying attention, you’ll catch them.
2. Tanqueray No. Ten Price: $34.99
This gin receives its name from the number ten still allocated for its distilling at the processing plant. Tanqueray No. Ten started as an experimental still and it was so good that it became a signature product. It’s a variant of Tanqueray London Dry with several of the same ingredients, including juniper, angelica, licorice, and coriander. However, there are four extra additions to the mix. The number ten also includes orange, lime, white grapefruit, and chamomile flowers. They make Tanqueray from fresh fruit, unlike many other gins made with dried peels. On the nose hints of grapefruit and light citrus are forward, with juniper building gradually. On the palate, citrus and juniper are predominant, with an essence of coriander and warm peppery tones. This gin has a clean citrus finish with a slightly nutty and earthy quality. Some report that a slight lime note lingers throughout the finish. Tanqueray No. Ten is a complex dry gin that is best for those who enjoy a variety of notes and flavors and a warm finish.
1. Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin Price: $39.21
Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin is produced at the Philadelphia Distilling Company. It’s a new company that has been around for 16 years. It is a craft distillery established in 2005. The owners named this label after the American soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. The distillers’ age this gin in charred American Oak barrels, which gives it a distinct flavor. On the nose, the aroma features slight hints of vanilla and cedar with earthy coriander notes. On the palate, it has a sweet flavor similar to bourbon and whiskey, with a full and thick texture. At mid-palate the build of juniper berry, citrus peel, and the earthy notes of angelica root and coriander seed are detectable. The finish is herbal and smooth with backend notes of licorice, adding a warm and slightly sweet quality.