Spanish-style Gin And Tonic
I'm In Love With Spanish-Style Gin And Tonics
We recently returned from a trip to Northern Spain and Southern France. While there we discovered Spanish-style gin and tonics, or "gintonics" as they say in Spain. Read my post to learn why these refreshing, botanically enhanced cocktails are so delicious.
This recipe uses Hendrick's Gin, a Scottish small batch gin that is infused with cucumber and rose and distilled with an array of herbs, seeds, roots and fruit.
Use a quality tonic water that does not have high fructose corn syrup in the ingredient list. I personally like FeverTree tonic water. FeverTree offer several styles, including Indian, Mediterranean, Elderflower and Naturally Light. FeverTree Elderflower tonic water is particularly delicious in this gin and tonic.
Note: FeverTree is a premium product and is notably more expensive than the grocery store brands made with high fructose syrup. My local grocery store does sell FeverTree, but in limited sizes and flavors. I purchase my FeverTree products through Amazon Prime, which provides the full array of FeverTree products and is cheaper than my local grocery store.*
Large ice cubes are important for making a good gin and tonic because the cocktail needs to be as cold as possible. I use these ice sphere molds and these oversized square cube trays to make large ice cubes.
Bitters and Shrubs
Bitters make a gin and tonic interesting. Think of bitters as the seasoning for your gin and tonic. Bitters are a distilled alcohol that is flavored with plant extracts. There are many kinds of bitters and good ones don't come cheaply. The good news is you only need a few drops to add interest, so one bottle will last you a very long time. The ones I use for this cocktail are: Bittermens' Hopped Grapefruit, and Angostura bitters, but you can experiment with a range of bitters.
A Gin And Tonic Bar Is A Lot Of Fun
Since returning from our trip, my husband and I have entertained our friends with a gin and tonic bar. We provide a couple different styles of gin, some good tonic water, a variety of bitters and various herbs, vegetables and fruits and let our guests concoct gin and tonics that are individualized to their own taste. We have tried this a couple of times and it has been a big hit.
Spanish-style gin and tonics are served in large glasses packed with oversized ice cubes. We like these balloon glasses that are similar to the glasses gin and tonics are served in at La Ginotoneria, in San Sebastian, Spain.
To Get You Started On Your First Gin And Tonic
Here is a recipe for one of my favorite gin and tonic combinations. After you have made this one you can begin experimenting and making your own individualized gin and tonics.
- 5 juniper berries
- 1 4" lemon twist (strip of lemon zest)
- 1 thinly sliced strip of cucumber, about 4 " long
- 1 raspberry
- 2 ounces Hendricks gin
- 6 - 8 ounces Fever-tree tonic water
- Grapefruit bitters to taste
- Angostura bitters to taste
- Put juniper berries, lemon twist, cucumber strip and raspberry in the bottom of an oversized glass. Fill with large ice cubes or ice spheres.
- Pour in the gin and then add the tonic water pouring down the side of the glass or down a cocktail spoon. Stir gently and enjoy.
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