It's been a few years now that my friends who live in Barcelona have been all about Gin and Tonics. They talked about how the bars there serve all sorts of gin with any number of tonics and, frankly, it just sounded like a well-made drink to me. But when I went to Spain a few weeks ago to film Off Menu, I totally got it. Night after night, I headed to different bars and they all had version of this Spanish-style G+T.
Sure, each was as different as snowflakes but they were all had a few things in common: served in big red wine glasses, piled high with ice, and just one shot of gin with loads and loads of tonic (I'm talking nearly a cup's worth). The result is a Gin + Tonic that's so much lighter than any you've had before but is still allows the gin to totally shine. On my trip, I enlisted Lucy Garcia to show me some G+T spots and my favorite was at Xixbar in Barcelona where they took Bloom Gin and combined it with slices of mandarin and a hihg-quality light tonic. This recipe is an ode to that drink and will more than hold me over until I can make it back to Barça.
Take a balloon glass or a tall Tom Collins glass and add the gin. Add enough ice cubes to fill the glass then fill with tonic water. Garnish with a slice of citrus and a sprig of rosemary and serve.
Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp