5 Bottles of Cheap Gin You'll Actually Like

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There is no doubt that you want the best gin for your Martinis, but sometimes one of the pricier brands doesn't fit into the budget. Instead, you find yourself looking down to the bottom of the liquor shelf for a bottle that's a little more reasonable.

It can be tricky to find a good tasting gin that is also cheap. There are quite a few duds out there that will let you down, but there are some affordable gems, too.

Are they Martini worthy? Not really. Keep these gins in your well for mixed...MORE drinks and cocktails that are heavy on mixers like bold fruit juices. They are good, but not the best so it's best to let another ingredient take center stage.

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    Gordon's London Dry Gin

    Gordon's London Dry Gin
    You can find a bottle of Gordon's London Dry Gin on every liquor shelf you visit. It may just be the best cheap gin available. Henrik Bach Christensen/Flickr

    Gordon's is a go-to value gin. It is available in every liquor store and supermarket and it makes some excellent mixed drinks. 

    It has a strong juniper base and the essence of a variety of other botanicals that mix well with almost anything. The average gin highball like the Gin Sling or Gin Rickey are great for this rather clean and inexpensive gin.

    For "up" drinks I lean toward those with strong mixers and juices like the Monkey Gland, Honolulu or even a Paradise. Gordon's does a...MORE pretty good job in any of these. It is 40% ABV (80 proof).

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    Seagram's Extra Dry Gin

    Seagram' Flavored Gin
    Reliability is the name of the game when it comes to Seagram's Extra Dry Gin and they make some interesting flavors you may want to check out. Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Imagess

    Seagram's produces a good gin for the price. It doesn't have the full flavor of Gordon's but still contains a juniper profile that is pleasant.

    For a little more, you can also pick up Seagram's Distillers Reserve, which has greater complexity. They also bottle flavored gins, including apple, grape,  lime, melon, orange, peach, pineapple and red berry (raspberry and strawberry). These are fun to play with, but not the best (especially grape - ack!).

    Seagram's works well in a...MORE variety of mixed drinks, just like Gordon's. It also makes a fine Floradora, French Martini or Ginspresso Martini and is 40% ABV (80 proof).

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    Burnett's London Dry Gin

    Burnett's London Dry Gin
    Look for the signature green glass that holds Burnett's London Dry Gin if you want an inexpensive, yet good tasting Gin & Tonic. Photo: Heaven Hill Brands

    Burnett's London Dry is a sweeter gin with lighter, airier herbal notes. It has a nice taste that balances out the pine and citrus and it has an intriguing floral aspect.

    This is a great budget-friendly gin for a Gin & Tonic. Burnett's is also great for fruit and citrus-forward cocktails. Among those that I've enjoyed it in are La Habana, English Rose and Orange Blossom. Burnett's is 40% ABV (80 proof).

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    New Amsterdam Straight Gin
    New Amsterdam Straight Gin is a relative newcomer in the budget-friendly gin market and it will delight anyone who tastes it. Photo: Shannon Graham

    Some of the gins in this list have been around for centuries. Released in 2007, New Amsterdam Straight Gin is by comparison the new kid on the cheap gin block and it is impressive.

    This one has sweeter citrus and floral notes and can be seen as a gin that vodka lovers will enjoy. It's a fantastic introduction to the lower end of gin, especially if you don't like that pine flavor of juniper berries.

    New Amsterdam's profile makes it a good candidate for some of the fruity mixed drinks...MORE like the Salty Dog. It's also pleasant in a Clover Club Cocktail and you have to try some of the brand's modern cocktails. A personal favorite is the strawberry-basil Union Square. New Amsterdam is 40% ABV (80 proof).

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    Booth's London Dry Gin

    Booth's London Dry Gin
    You will find a bottle of Booth's London Dry Gin at most liquor stores. It is the hidden gem of the value gin scene. Norman Hollands/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    Booth's London Dry can be found in most markets and is a surprisingly nice gin. It has the gin characteristics we often see in this price range, with full juniper in the front followed by coriander, lemon peel and a number of other spices.

    It may not be the best known, but it beats many of the other low-priced gins, hands down! Give this one a try in any of the gin and soda drinks already mentioned. It really is best in a tall, refreshing highball.

    You can have fun with Booth's. It makes...MORE an excellent base for drinks like the Orange Oasis, Charmides and Long Island Iced Tea or in those rare frozen gin cocktails like the Wedding Cake. Booth's is 45% ABV (90 proof).