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 versions 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 it still allows the gin to shine totally.
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 high-quality light tonic. This gin and tonic 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.
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