Gin gets its name from "genievre," the French word for "juniper."  Popular worldwide, this spirit begins with a neutral base spirit distilled with an array of botanicals (no longer just juniper berries) to give it its distinct aroma and flavor profile.

We asked a panel of experts to nominate their top craft gin distilleries, then readers voted for the 10 best. Many of these work in small batches using locally sourced ingredients, some are family-owned, and most distill their base spirits using a blend of traditional and modern techniques. All take pride in crafting unique gins worthy of sipping as well as mixing into a classic gin and tonic.