Vodka and soda. Though this notorious drink used to be my standard every time I hit the bars, I've officially converted to gin. Not just any gin, but two very special variations that, in retrospect, make vodka taste like rubbing alcohol.
is small batch gin distilled in Ayrshire, Scotland and is what first convinced me of this spirit's exceptional depth and flavor. What sets Hendrick's apart is that during the distillation process, it's infused with Bulgarian rose and cucumber, which makes for an incredibly crisp and refreshing drink that smells unbelievable.
is a small batch, handmade American gin. Even the bottle of this truly unique gin has a ridiculously clean and almost medical-inspired label, a
to which I've always been drawn. Made with botanicals like hand-zested Florida oranges and California Pummelos, Leopold's is great for gin and tonics, thanks to the lovely citrus flavor. So for all of you vodka and soda fans out there, I highly recommend simply giving either of these gins a try and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Cheers!