Best gin in the Midwest for martinis, gin and tonics and more
We sampled 22 Midwestern gins made from Ohio to Iowa to pick the best gin in a variety of categories.
Chicago may be a beer and whiskey town, but here’s a secret—the gins being made around the Midwest are the local spirits you should really be drinking. Not only are there dozens to choose from, a lot of them are fantastic. There's never been a better time to drink Midwestern gin. We turned up traditional gins plus some odd variations (think barrel aged gin and smoked gin) that you’ll definitely want in your home bar.
So which gins should you get? We did the dirty work over two long boozy nights, sampling 22 Midwestern gins to determine which worked best in gin and tonics, martinis and dirty martinis. We chose some more unusual gins that you’ll want to sip or use in specialty cocktails. And if there’s only room for one gin in your bar, don’t worry—we also picked the three best gin bottles overall.