These Spanish Gin Tonics are the perfect refreshing sipper for a hot summer day! Ice cold, filled with aromatics, gin and high quality tonic, they are sure to cool you down!
It was a hot summer day in Portland two years ago when I first had a Spanish Gin Tonic. And yes, you read that right, it is a Spanish Gin Tonic, not a gin AND tonic. They are nearly the same drink, but the Spanish dropped the “and” and added a whole lot of aromatics. Surprisingly, despite a summer spent in Spain, I never had one of these while in the country. I was more of a four euro box of wine kind of girl Hey, I was 23, give me a break. My palate had probably not developed to the point of enjoying gin and tonics yet. Or is it gins and tonic? Anyway….
My ignorance about the beauty of gin and tonics may have been one of those “youth is wasted on the young” kind of things, but it may also have been because I had never had a gin and tonic made with good tonic. We all know the standard tonic available in most grocery stores. Or worse, the bartender’s soda gun. But there are quite a few high quality tonics out there that are now pretty widely available. I am partial to Fever Tree or Fentimans. Q Tonic is also a good option. These days you can find them at well stocked grocery stores or even stores like World Market
Since my mispent youth, I have grown to appreciate a good gin and tonic on a hot, summer day. Usually I just go with the standard – gin, good tonic and a squeeze of lime. But ever since I had that Spanish Gin Tonic a few years ago, I have been thinking about it. There are a few factors that make Spanish Gin Tonics different than a regular gin and tonic. First of all, it is usually served in a ballon glass. The reason for the ballon glass is the second thing that makes Spanish Gin Tonics different – the aromatics. That balloon glass helps bring those aromas towards your nose, so you smell them with every sip. For the aromatics, you can really use whatever is available, think things like citrus peels, cucumbers, edible flowers, fresh herbs, juniper berries, peppercorns, even fruit. The idea is to enhance the aromatic nature of the gin.
To make this beautiful drink, fill a ballon glass with plenty of ice, add whatever aromatics you have on hand, pour in the gin and follow with the tonic water. Spanish Gin Tonics also tend to use more ice as well as more tonic water than a standard G&T. Which is another reason to use high quality tonic. I went with two ounces of gin and 5-6 ounces of tonic. The nice thing about using so much tonic and ice is that this is a drink you can sip on for awhile. Sounds like an ideal way to spend a sunny afternoon, right?
Try a Spanish Gin Tonic for a summer cocktail that will cool you down!
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- 2 ounces Gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
- 5 Ounces High Quality Tonic Water (I used Fever Tree)
- Slice of Lime
- Citrus peel or slices
- Cucumber Slices
- Fresh herbs such as rosemary, mint or basil
- dried juniper berries
- dried peppercorns
- edible flowers (these are more for looks than flavor)
- Fill a balloon glass with ice. Add whatever aromatics you are using. Pour in gin, top with tonic water and stir gently.
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