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Square One Botanical

Square One Botanical's got eight, including lemon verbena, citrus peel, coriander and rose. But its lack of juniper means it also appeals to those who tend to eschew gin. (The spirit is indeed meant to bridge the gap between gin and vodka lovers.)

I found it to be highly drinkable--like a lot of gins I've tried where juniper tries to take a backseat to other aromatics. You can sip it neat, and it also makes a great Martini (50/50 or otherwise). I also enjoyed it in their take on the Negroni:

2 oz. Square One Botanical
1/4 oz. Campari
1/4 oz. high-quality sweet red vermouth