I have loved G&Ts for a long time, but it only occurred to me that what I had to come to see as the 'right way' to serve a G&T was actually the 'Spanish way' when I went to a cocktail bar - Amor y Amargo - in New York that had 'Spanish-style' G&Ts on the menu.
As Cognac-Ferrand president Alexandre Gabriel, quoted in an article about gin and tonic, says: "Only Spain knows how to make a gin and tonic."
So what makes a Spanish gin and tonic so perfect? Find out here: How to Make the Perfect Gin and Tonic
Where to Get the Best Gin and Tonic in SpainGin and tonics are everywhere now in Spain. Even a middling cafe-bar will have a good selection of gins and will probably stock Fever Tree tonic. Not every bar will have the varied garnishes, but not everyone in Spain goes in for that, as you'll see below. The bars below are just some of the G&T bars I've discovered in Spain that are worth a mention.
1. Gin Tonic Bar, Malaga
The house special is the premium Beafeater 24 with pink grapefruit, mint and juniper berries. The pink, yellow, black and green among the jingling ice cubes and effervescent liquid is perhaps the most beautiful drink I have ever seen.
With sixty types of gin, eight types of tonic water and more than a dozen types of garnish, the half-sized glasses they offer will come in handy as you work through the 6,000-plus combinations on offer here. The prices are very fair too, making this the perfect bar for the perfect G&T.
Address: c/ Sancha de Lara 4, Malaga AND c/Arenal, 8.
2. Ohla's Boutique Bar, Barcelona
See pictures from the Ohla Boutique Bar.
Address Via Laietana, 49, Barcelona
3. Úbeda, Barcelona
There is an extensive gin menu, but the descriptions or 'tasting notes' are more like you would see on a wine bottle. The pretensions of wine-tasting are excusable when faced with the difficulties of trying to describe the nuanced flavors of fermented grape juice, but unforgivable when all of the interesting ingredients that have been added to the gin are left off the menu in favour of the barman's attempts at poetry.
The G&T at Úbeda is mellow, with a lot more tonic (or less gin) than I would normally put in it. Úbeda takes a lot of the fun out of Spain's approach to gin and tonic, but what he does do, he does well.
Ubeda has three branches of his gin-tonic-tapas bars:
Addresses c/Córcega 339 AND Avda. Josep Tarradellas 133 AND C/ València 202
4. San Telmo, Barcelona
Address c/Buenos Aires, 60
5. Gin Tonic Bar, MarbellaThe Marbella branch of the above Malaga bar.
Address: Pablo Casals, 8
6. Bobby Gin, BarcelonaThe new and very much in vogue Bobby Gin's of Barcelona stocks over 60 gins and has some extremely elaborate 'Ginfonk' cocktail/G&T hybrids.
Address: Francisco Giner 47, Barcelona
7. Cassette BarG&Ts, great music and free tapas at this cool bar in the Raval, not too far from the seafront in Barcelona.
Address: 11, Calle l’Est, Barcelona