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.
Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe
- 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.