Gin and tonics in Spain

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It turned out that I’m more of a lighthearted fruity gal.

Most G&Ts in Spain use only the best premium gins. Even the ice is important. Ice cubes there are larger than any cubes I have come across elsewhere. Many are made from pure mineral water.

Giant ice cubes in the gin and tonics of Spain

Making a gin and tonic in Spain also is a grand event. Large balloon-shaped glasses are chosen and chilled before they are filled to the brim with those giant ice cubes. The gin is poured slowly over a long bartender’s twisted spoon and blended with the perfect amount of tonic and infused flavors.

Also, you must be patient for your drink; it takes skill and time to make each one to perfection.

At the fashionable Indigo Restaurant inside Hotel Carlemany in downtown Girona, we spent an evening tasting gin and tonics paired with four different courses (flatbread with anchovies, Iberian ham, vegetable tempura, and beef tartare). The Spanish have taken gin-tasting to a whole new level, equating the spirit with a fine wine or aged scotch. Each course was served with a gin to compliment the dish. Each gin and tonic was made with artistic flare. It was like a food-and-wine pairing. Only better.

As we progressed, the infused flavors took on the quality of the prepared food, and each sip mixed perfectly with the dish. The Spanish take great pride in preparing the perfect gin and tonic and it is your duty to enjoy it to the fullest.

What’s great about gin and tonic is that the tonic water keeps you hydrated. A night out is a merry one indeed, but your head will thank you in the morning as you awake feeling rested and refreshed. Gin and tonics truly are the perfect summer cocktail.


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