The ubiquitous G&T that helps assuage our stifling hot, humid summers gets a significant kick up when made with ridiculously good gins - and there are plenty to choose from.
Whether you must pair yours with tonic, craft a classically genuine martini or just sip it on the rocks, here is a trio of craft gins to try:
Leopold's: In 2009, the Wall Street Journal called this the "best Gin in America." Careful distilling makes the difference. Leopold Bros. add their dozens of botanicals to the potstill one at a time - taking into account proper boiling times for each ingredient - that way nothing has the flavors boiled out. Well-rounded, soft and balanced.
Death's Door: And then, simple can be delicious. Using juniper berries that grow wild on Washington Island with coriander and fennel sourced from within the state, Death's Door Spirits is able to showcase how complementary and complex simple expressions can be. This Wisconsin distiller had it gin named a top gin by Wine & Spirits magazine in 2009. A good sipper - a perfect utility gin where all three botanicals can be tasted.
Nolet's Silver: The family who brought us Ketel One vodka brings this exquisite gin to market - aimed squarely at new gin drinkers and those who claim to disdain the taste of its botanicals. This floral and fruit-forward gin expresses the essence of three coveted ingredients: Turkish rose, peach and raspberry. Made in Holland, the gin comes in an elegant blue green bottle with a distinction screw cap, rumored to be akin to the gear shift lever knob of the exclusive Bentley automobile.