Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 76
In Spain, the classic gin and tonic is an art form.
BY LANEE LEE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS PLAVIDAL STYLING BY HEIDI ADAMS
VER THE LAST FEW YEARS, THE
G&T trend has exploded throughout
Spain, especially in Barcelona. Bars -
and knowledgeable bartenders -
dedicated to el gin tonic (as Spaniards order it)
have transformed the drink from commonplace to cocktail sensation. Spaniards usually drink theirs over tapas or after dinner, and
with the variety and complexity of offerings,
it's no surprise Spain consumes more gin than
any other European Union country.
The ritual starts with a long-stemmed copa
de balón, chilled and filled with premium ice
(made from filtered water, often extra-large
cubes). After determining the right gin based
on your tastes, a bartender pours the spirit,
then gently coaxes designer tonic along a bar
spoon into the glass. "This helps to avoid breaking the carbonation, but you can simply pour
it slowly to have the same effect," says Diego
Baud, head mixologist at Hotel Arts Barcelona.
Power to the flowers: A
V I RT U O S O L I F E