If gin just isn’t your thing because you’re used to the piney, overpowering flavor profile that juniper can give the spirit, you’ll be extremely interested in Empire Spirits Project American Gins. Dreamt up by a former chef from Le Bernardin, Jake Sawabini, each of ESP’s three gins uses special botanical pairings to marry juniper with other unique flavors. The highlight of the bunch is the first-ever American smoked gin. By using applewood smoke, peppercorns, and caraway, the assertive gin has a smoky backbone and a totally unique taste. Distilled in Yonkers, Smoked took home a silver medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and is perfect for any campfire-loving boozehound.