If you’re not a fan of herbal gins or ones with too much piney, juniper flavor, good news: Cheap gins may be your new favorite spirit. After scouring the bottom shelf for the best gins under 10 dollars, we discovered that the most drinkable bottles were all light, citrusy, and minimal—much like the best cheap vodkas. Keep these bargain gins on your radar. They all make exceptional mixers, and won’t hurt your wallet.
Crystal Palace Gin ($7)
If you like your gin to be crisp, minimal and citrusy, this is the spirit for you. Produced by Barton Distilling Co.—which oddly enough also produces Fireball and Kentucky Gentleman bourbon—Crystal Palace gin is made from 100-percent neutral grain spirits. While it doesn’t have much herbaceous depth or that piney juniper bite that most gins have, the spirit does have an abundance of lemon oil and a silky texture. We recommend using this spirit in gin-based punches or citrusy cocktails like the Gimlet or the Bee’s Knees.