Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 78
a romantic paradise
st. lucia * west indies
The standard lime garnish is swapped for
more unexpected botanicals - from celery
to tonka beans. The result is a garden-fresh
cocktail bursting with nuanced flavors.
Sample a Spanish gin tonic with these gins
(all popular in Spain), tonics, and botanical
pairings, using these suggestions from Hotel Arts Barcelona's Diego Baud.
BULLDOG LONDON DRY GIN, $25
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couples and adults only
If BLEED, make it ﬁt and center in
the DARK GRAY BOX.
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with bleed on all sides for balance
If NON-BLEED, make it ﬁt and centered in the LIGHT GRAY BOX.
Ingredients such as white poppy, lotus leaf,
and dragon eye (a lychee-like fruit) distinguish this UK-made gin.
Tonic: Q Tonic's Indian varietal, a more
bitter and slightly sweeter tonic water, balances out stronger juniper-forward gins like
Botanicals: Dried licorice root and a fresh
XORIGUER GIN DE MAHÓN, $45
The only Spanish gin with its own appellation, Mahón has been made on the island of
Menorca for more than three centuries and
packs a piney punch.
Dynamic duos: Gins and
tonics to try.
Tonic: Made with a blend of essential oils
from Mediterranean flowers and herbs,
such as thyme and rosemary, citrus-infused
Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic dances
well with this gin.
Botanicals: A nasturtium flower and slices
of lemon and pomelo.
GIN MARE, $35
Made in the Catalan fishing town of Vilanova i la Geltrú, this gin is the Mediterranean
diet in a bottle, with notes of rosemary,
olive, thyme, and basil.
Tonic: Boylan Heritage, a supremely limey
and tart option.
Botanicals: A few basil leaves and a sprig
NO. 209 GIN, $40
Known as a modern-style gin, with more
citrus and fewer juniper notes, No. 209 hails
from San Francisco and is the latest U.S.made gin to win favor in Spain.
Tonic: Bette Jane's, made in Northern
California, is bright and effervescent, with
lemongrass and Meyer lemon notes.
Botanicals: Dried chamomile, fresh lemon
peel, and a bar spoon of honey (mix it into
the gin before pouring it over ice).
Created in England without the use of heat,
in a process called cold distillation, this
classic London dry gin is clean, bright, and
smooth - especially on the juniper notes.
Tonic: Made for more than a century
in England, less sweet Fentimans has
dominant lemongrass flavors.
Botanicals: Shiso leaf, slices of
blood orange, and a slice of ginger.
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CITADELLE GIN, $28
Made in southwestern France,
Citadelle is a juniper-forward gin
with distinctive notes of nutmeg
Tonic: Q Tonic is a subtle, polite mixer. It's sweetened with
agave (instead of corn syrup),
made with real quinine, and won't
overpower your base spirit.
Botanicals: A few baby basil leaves
and cardamom pods, and a sprig
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