The Dutch invented gin, the British added the tonic, but it was the Spanish who perfected the art of a perfect G&T.
Spain is Europe’s largest gin market with an estimated 3.2 million cases consumed each year. If you have visited the country in the last 10 or 15 years, it’s easy to see how gin has become the national spirit where even the humblest bar could have a stock of fifty different brands lining the wall.
Here you will pick up some truly impressive G&T’s or as the Spanish call it simply, Gin Tonic. Spanish bars are known for serving their Gin Tonic in a large wine glass with plenty of large chunks of ice, topped with incredible, and sometimes outlandish, garnishes. Yes, sometimes they can go a bit wild with the garnish, the term ‘gin salad’ has been used disparagingly for some, but one sip and you’ll appreciate the benefit to the Spanish approach. An approach we are see more and more of on this island.
Doing away with the standard collins glass, instead using a large glass allows you to really enjoy the aromas. The more ice cubes in your drink, the slower they will melt so preserving the taste for longer.
There is more gin, delivering more flavours, in a standard Spanish pour with 70ml to 90 ml of gin in the glass combined with a standard 200ml bottle of tonic, so a ratio of 3:1 or 2:1. Spaniards also pay as much attention to the tonic as the gin, mixing and matching different tonics to each gin.
The garnish? While adding flavour it also adds to the fun! Experiment with different fruits and herbs to find the one that suits you best.
So, pull out your largest wine glass and try one of these great Spanish gins, all three are included in our gin sale!
Gin Mare (Was €62, Now €52)
No list of Spanish gins would be complete without a mention for the venerable Gin Mare. This unusual and herby gin is world class. In fact, I dedicated a whole blog post to it a little while back, check it out here. My recommendation is for a fruitier citrus tonic, with some rosemary or thyme garnish.
Nordes (Was €45, Now €39.95)
A gin with a real sense of place. Nordes is distilled from the pomace of the local Galician grape variety Albarino, lending the gin a smooth soft body. Floral notes with hints of mint and lemongrass abound. Try it with a dryer style tonic and lime garnish to bring out the fruitier elements.
5th Gin (Was €41, Now €35.95)
There is no escaping the pink gin graze! Spain hasn’t been found wanting here either. This is a delicate and fruity gin with plenty of red summer fruits; strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Try it with a classic premium tonic and a wafer of dark chocolate, trust me it tastes great.
Please note prices are correct at time of publishing, these offers will end on May 1st, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.