Gin & Vodka Drinks Perfect for Spring Sipping

Let spring’s green shine through


Gin and vodka are paramount springtime spirits. Clean and bright, they blend seamlessly into sweet and savory cocktails, complementing floral liquors and herb-forward concoctions.

With the wealth of flavors and unique botanicals in today’s gins and vodkas, you can’t help but be inspired to take advantage of spring’s bounty. Go classic for cocktail hour and have Martinis or Gibsons with homemade pickled onions and a heavy hand of dry vermouth. Swap some gin into your next Bloody Mary and watch the flavors pop. Or, grab a bottle of vodka and experiment with savory celery or carrot juice cocktails. To get those spring juices flowing, here are some suggestions from sales associates, Erik Guzinski, Josh Mizrahi, Steven Bowles, Marcarthur Baralla, Sam Sundius, and our spirits buyer, Nima Ansari-Bahmani.

Jewel of Russia Classic Vodka $39.69

This is one of the most crisp, delicious vodkas on our shelves. Aptly named, it is a uniquely creamy, sweet vodka distilled from winter wheat and rye, that drinks beautifully neat or with a briney olive or two. –Sam Sundius

Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin $44.99

This is a completely original approach to gin. German wine-producer, Zilliken, infuses the spirit with their own 2014 Spätlese Riesling and local botanicals. The texture is pillow soft while the flavor is more assertive, showing a mix of green tea, chamomile, rose petal, and juniper. The cocktail possibilities are endless, but it stands out on its own. –Erik Guzinski

Barr Hill Vermont Oak Tom Cat Gin $64.96

This is a single cask exclusive for Astor, aged in Vermont oak. The composition here is so simple—grain alcohol, juniper, local honey, barrel-aged–and yet that adds up to a beautiful and complex spirit. A great gin to sip, though it would make a tremendous Tom Cat Old Fashioned as well. –Josh Mizrahi

Bimini Gin $32.99

Here is a fresh summer gin handcrafted in Maine. Bimini gin is hoppy with citrus and floral aroma that can be enjoyed neat or in your favorite cocktail. –Marcarthur Baralla

OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka $39.69

I don’t normally gravitate towards vodka for an interesting spirit. However, in this case, I think this is a great alternative to my usual sippers. High-quality ingredients and honest flavors in this vodka give a positively delicious sensation. –Steven Bowles

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin $42.96

We were surprised when we first heard about this new brand focused on making gin in Victoria, Australia—an area better known to us for its wine and whiskey. All it takes is one taste to realize this is easily one of the best gins on the market right now. –Nima Ansari-Bahmani

Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin $75.96

With all the buzz about Japanese Whisky, you might overlook this new gin from Kyoto. But that would be a serious mistake. Exceptional for all the reasons that make Japanese whiskies so compelling, this is also Japan’s first dedicated gin distillery. Made with yuzu citrus, sansho peppercorns, and bamboo leaves, there is nothing else quite like this gin. –Nima Ansari-Bahmani

Forthave Spirits Blue Gin $36.96

Everything we have tasted from this tiny independent outfit based in Brooklyn has far exceeded our expectations. A blend of 18 botanicals, this gin brings together different unique flavors, like watermelon rind, fresh herbs, and cucumber. It will serve all your gin needs as well as expanding your expectations to what great gin can be. –Nima Ansari-Bahmani