Gin is a neutral grain spirit that is redistilled with botanicals, predominantly juniper berries. Since every brand and expression uses a unique combination of flavorings, gins are usually identified by their botanical profile. Besides juniper, common botanicals include angelica, coriander, orris root, orange peels, and licorice. If you're looking to delve more into the world of gin, Food & Wine's guide explores its history, the best brands and bottles to try, and great gin cocktail recipes from the iconic G&T and beyond.