The beverage industry, namely the wine and spirits market, is one of the world’s largest, most profitable fields. Not surprisingly, the United States is one of the biggest consumers of distilled spirits or liquors globally.
According to research and data collected on spirit sales in the United States, Gin is the leading liquor across the nation. Gin brands, both high-end and budget, are steadily increasing in popularity as spirit enthusiasts search for their favorite new mixes and blends. In recent years, the gin industry has been pleasing customers with traditional tastes and unique and bold flavors.
Nationally, gin brands in the United States generate billions of dollars, with the total market value estimated to hover around $2.75 billion. In 2020 alone, more than 10.17 million 9 liter cases of gin were sold across the country.
Although sales decreased in 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the gin market remains strong and is expected to grow by more than 5 percent annually between 2021 and 2025.
Nationally, several major brands are driving the gin industry. To break it down, we’ve assembled a list of the ten largest gin brands in the United States.
10 Largest Gin Brands In the United States
Here are the top 10 largest gin brands in the United States by total gin sales volume:
Seagram’s Gin. New York, New York
Sales Volume: 1.81 million nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 18,914
Seagram’s Gin has been the number one selling gin brand in the United States for several decades. Seagram’s Gin — a product of the original Seagram’s franchise, which began in Waterloo, Canada in 1883 — first hit shelves in 1939, following the end of the Prohibition, and has been an American favorite ever since.
Produced in the United States at a distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Seagram’s Gin is manufactured to virtually every global market and sold in nearly all countries across the world.
Seagram’s flagship Extra Dry Gin, which combines juniper berries, sweet and bitter orange, coriander, and angelica, continues to be one of the brand’s top-selling liqueurs. The brand is also very well regarded for its award-winning Twisted Gins, which features lime, pineapple, peach, apple, red berry, melon, and grape-flavored gin.
Since the 1930’s the Seagram’s empire has continued to grow, offering a wide range of gins, wines, rums, and other liquors.
Today The Seagram Company Ltd., the billion-dollar international spirit selling enterprise that originally produced Seagram’s Gin, is entirely owned and operated by Pernod Ricard, one of the world’s largest liquor companies.
Tanqueray. New York, New York
Sales Volume: 1.36 million nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 27,775
Tanqueray is the second-largest gin brand in the United States and a popular spirit in the English and international gin markets. The brand originated in Bloomsbury, London, in the 1830s and is now sold in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and more.
Today Tanqueray gin is produced at the Cameron Bridge Distillery near Edinburgh, Scotland. The liquor is made by double distilling grain with a delicate combination of juniper, coriander, angelica root, and licorice. Bartenders vote it as the number one gin for making gin and tonics.
Most recently, in February 2020, Tanqueray became the latest spirit brand to offer its customers an alcohol-free version of its famous dry gin. The brand’s newest 0.0 percent gin is made to taste almost exactly like the traditional liquor, including all the same flavors but none of the alcohol.
The London Dry Gin is produced by Diageo, a global leader in alcoholic beverage sales, which generates more than $14.8 million in annual revenue through an impressive collection of brands, including Tanqueray, Don Julio, Guinness, Captain Morgan, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodka, and Baileys.
Bombay Sapphire. Coral Gables, Florida
Sales Volume: 984,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 7,000
Ranking as the third-largest gin brand in the United States, Bombay Sapphire has been an American favorite since its inception in 1986. Unlike other popular gin brands, Bombay Sapphire is created using a unique and complex vapor infusion process, allowing the liquor’s distinctive flavors to pop.
The smooth and bold taste of Bombay Sapphire, which is sold in a sapphire blue bottle bearing an illustration of Queen Victoria, is made using ten botanicals including licorice, Cassin bark, coriander, almond, lemon peel, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, cubeb, and grains of paradise.
In addition to the traditional Bombay Sapphire gin, the Bombay Spirits Company also produces Bombay Dry Gin, Bombay Sapphire East, Bombay Bramble, and Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic.
The clear English gins are distilled and manufactured from the Bombay Spirits Company’s Laverstoke Mill Distillery in Hampshire, England. The brand is owned and distributed by Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world.
The million-dollar Bombay Sapphire brand was originally owned by Diageo but was sold to the Bacardi company in 1997.
New Amsterdam. Modesto, California
Sales Volume: 685,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 6,500
New Amsterdam gin first hit the shelves in 2008, and in just 13 years, it has grown to become the fourth largest gin brand in the United States.
The popular liquor is made by the New Amsterdam Spirits Company, which was founded in Modesto, California by E. J. Gallo Winery, the largest manufacturer of California wines and the largest family-owned winery in the United States.
The popular gin is distributed across the United States and in multiple foreign countries. It is highly regarded for putting a “modern spin” on the centuries-old practice of distilling gin.
The Original New Amsterdam Stratusphere Gin and the London Dry New Amsterdam Stratusphere Gin have been applauded by the Tasting Panel and the Wine Enthusiast for their crisp, clean, and smooth taste.
New Amsterdam gin is most commonly referred to as a contemporary, new western, or new American gin, as juniper is not the primary botanical, and untraditional botanicals, like black pepper, orange, and herbal grasses, are often used during the distilling process.
Gordon’s Gin. New York, New York
Sales Volume: 515,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 27,775
Gordon’s Gin is a popular London Dry Gin brand that was first produced and sold in England in 1769. In its 250-plus-year history, Gordon’s Gin has grown exponentially and now ranks as the fifth-largest gin brand in the United States and one of the best-selling gin in the world.
As one of the oldest distillers of gin globally, it’s no surprise that Gordon’s Gin is loved by millions of people in more than 180 countries around the globe. A bottle of Gordon’s Gin is sold approximately every six seconds, thanks, in part, to their largest markets which include the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, and Australia.
In addition to its classic London Dry Gin, Gordon’s Gin distills flavored spirits, like Elderflower, Sloe, and Crisp Cucumber, and sells bottles of a premixed Gin and Tonic beverage.
The award-winning gin is produced and distributed by Diageo, a global leader in alcoholic beverage sales, which generates more than $14.8 million in annual revenue through an impressive collection of brands, including Gordon’s Gin, Tanqueray, Don Julio, Guinness, Captain Morgan, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Cîroc, and Baileys.
Hendrick’s. New York, New York
Sales Volume: 452,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 1,800
Ranking as the sixth-largest gin brand in the United States, Hendrick’s has been distilling 82.6 proof gins since 1999.
The brand uses eleven botanicals, including chamomile, elderflower, juniper, lemon peel, orange peel, caraway, coriander, cubeb berries, angelica root, yarrow root, and orris root, to create a smooth and uniquely flavored liquor.
Hendrick’s gin is unique to other leading gin brands as it is infused with rose and cucumber. The gin is highly praised as having a refined yet light and complex taste. The clear spirits are produced at the Girvan Distillery in South Ayrshire, Scotland, and distributed in more than 70 countries across the globe.
Hendrick’s gin is owned and produced by William Grant and Sons. A family-owned Scottish company that distills Scotch whiskey, gin, and other liquors and spirits. William Grant and Sons was first established in 1887 and, in its 134-year history, has grown to become one of the largest family-owned Scotch whiskey distilleries in the world.
Beefeater. New York, New York
Sales Volume: 450,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 18,914
Founded in the United Kingdom in 1876, Beefeater gin ranks as the seventh-largest gin brand in the United States. The clear 94 proof liquor is manufactured by James Burrough Ltd. and owned and distributed by Pernod Ricard, one of the world’s largest liquor companies.
In its nearly 200 year history, Beefeater Gin has received numerous global decorations and has been recognized as the world’s most awarded gin by the International Spirits Awards.
Beefeater’s London Dry Gin continues to be distilled in London using founder James Burrough’s original recipe. The brand’s bold and distinct flavors come from a combination of nine botanicals, including juniper, lemon peel, Seville orange peel, almond, angelica root, coriander seed, angelica seed, orris root, and licorice root.
In addition to their original Beefeater London Dry Gin, the brand also disciples and sells Beefeater Pink Gin, Beefeater Blood Orange Gin, Beefeater London Garden, Beefeater 24, and Burrough’s Reserve.
Barton Gin. New Orleans, Louisiana
Sales Volume: 328,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 2,000
Ranking eighth on the list of the top ten largest gin brands in the United States is Barton Gin. The traditional London Dry Barton Gin is best known as an 80.0 proof, 40.0 percent alcohol by volume budget gin brand.
Barton Gin is regarded as having a crisp, dry taste with an overwhelming citrus flavor, originating from various citrus peel botanicals.
However, the gin has been classified as lacking in juniper, the traditional botanical used in London Dry Gin by the Beverage Testing Institute. This Chicago-based company tests and reviews spirits, wines, and beers.
Barton Brands, Ltd., originally established the clear, crisp gin in 1879 in Bardstown, Kentucky. However, today, the brand is owned by the Sazerac Company, a billion-dollar, privately owned American beverage company that distributes in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Gilbey’s Gin. Chicago, Illinois
Sales Volume: 290,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 4,800
Gilbey’s Gin was originally founded in England in 1857 and hit the shelves in the United States in the late 1930s after the brand began distilling in America in 1938. In its nearly 165 year history, Gilbey’s Gin has grown significantly and ranks among the top 10 largest gin brands in the United States.
The London Dry Gin is regarded as a value spirit and sold in the United States with a 40 percent alcohol by volume content. Known for having a fruity flavor, Gilbey’s Gin is made using juniper, coriander, lemongrass, orange peel, kalamansi, angelica root, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other citrus botanicals. It is celebrated for its tangy, bittersweet taste and medicinal aroma.
Gilbey’s Gin is currently owned by Beam Suntory, a multi-billion dollar American alcoholic beverage company. Beam Suntory, founded in 2011, is currently one of the largest producers of distilled beverages globally, producing and selling gin, bourbon whiskey, tequila, Scotch whisky, and Irish whiskey Canadian whisky, vodka, and rum.
Fleischmann’s Gin. New Orleans, Louisiana
Sales Volume: 268,000 nine-liter cases
Number Of Employees: 2,000
Rounding out the list of the top 10 largest gin brands in the United States is Fleischmann’s Gin, an American-made London Dry Gin. Fleischmann’s Gin is best known for having a smooth yet light taste with hints on juniper and spicy coriander.
The budget-friendly gin is celebrated for being the first gin to be entirely distilled in the United States. The original Fleischmann Company was founded in 1868, and production began in 1870 in Riverside, Ohio.
By 1995, Barton Brands, Ltd., headquartered in Bardstown, Kentucky, owned the clear, crisp gin brand. Today, Barton Brands, Ltd. is owned by the Sazerac Company, a billion-dollar, privately owned American beverage company that distributes spirits in more than 100 countries around the world.
Ranking the United State’s Largest Gin Brands
This list of the world’s ten largest gin brands is ranked by each brand’s total annual sales volume, measured in nine-liter cases.
This ranking is exclusive to the best-selling gin brands in the United States, and therefore only considered sales made in the United States or by residents of the United States.
The list below also includes important information on each company’s number of employees. However, rankings are based solely on the brand’s total sales volume of gin each year.