Spain’s Infatuation with Gin & Tonic
When I think of what to drink in Spain, my mind immediately goes to wine. So no one was more surprised than I was when we did a little bar hopping with some wine makers and every single one of them, to a man, ordered a “Gin Tonic”.
They’d been drinking wine all day, and what they wanted to close out their night was a refreshing G&T. And they weren’t alone. People were drinking gin & tonics everywhere we went.
Spain has elevated the Gin and Tonic to a work of art, starting with the order of ingredients: ice, garnish, and gin. Followed by a careful pour using a bar spoon with a long twisted handle to maintain the tonic’s carbonation.
Most bars we visited had at least 5 types of gin, and many we visited had 10-20. A sight unseen in North America and as a gin drinker a pure delight.