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Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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 versions of this Spanish-style G+T.

Variations Of The Gin And Tonic

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. 

Gin And Tonic Twist

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. 

Okay, that’s it! Go stock up on all your bar essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

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Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

How can a Gin and Tonic be Spanish you ask? Well, there are a few tweaks to this classic cocktail that the Spaniards do that make it our favorite version of this drink. Who wouldn't want to sip on this Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail recipe while eating some tapas?
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 2 kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • Large ice cubes
  • 7 ounces chilled tonic water
  • Clementine, or mandarin, or tangerine slices
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary


  • 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.



Serving: 1drinkCalories: 2kcalCarbohydrates: 0.02gFat: 0.01gSodium: 42mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 0.01gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.03mg
Keyword Aperitivo, Fancy drink, Gin and Tonic, Spanish Aperitivo, Spanish cocktail
Tried this recipe?Mention @saltandwind or tag #swsociety!

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