Marcus Nilsson

Plus, six spots in the United States where they put their own spin on the classic cocktail.

F&W Editors
August 17, 2017

“In Spain, gin-tonic is not just a cocktail, 
it is an obsession,” says José Andrés. Here’s everything you need to know to nail this iconic drink at home—and six places in the States with excellent G&T options.

  • In Spain, fresh herbs (lemon verbena, rosemary or lavender), 
lemon peel, juniper berries, edible flowers and even whole spices are used to enhance the gin’s botanicals.
  • Spanish bars stock as many as 50 different gins. Our choice: a London dry style. José’s two favorites: Rives Special Premium Tridestilada from Andalusia and Xoriguer Gin de Mahón from Menorca.
  • Amplify the aroma of the 
gin and the garnishes with a large wine glass or goblet.
  • Big ice cubes keep your gin-tonic chilled without watering 
it down.
  • Look for tonic made with cane sugar or agave (not high-fructose syrup), such as Q, Fever-Tree or Fentimans, for 
a balanced mix 
of sweetness 
cut with quinine bitterness.

Of all the gin joints...

Pagu310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA; 617-945-9290

Make your own with Pagu’s tasting 
tray of gins, tonics 
and garnishes. 



La Vara268 Clinton St., Brooklyn; 718-422-0065

Try riffs on the classic formula with housemade quinine syrup 
or Spanish soda. 


JaleoMultiple locations

Check out the gin 
and tonic festival 
in March and April.


El Chipiron2717 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin; 512-518-3618

Chef Pablo Gómez Tollar takes Spain’s signature drink seriously at this new tapas spot. 

Corrida: 1023 Walnut St., Boulder 

Opening this fall. Bartenders will kick it old-school with tableside prep from a special cart. 

Ashland Hill Brick Bar2807 Main St., Santa Monica; 310-392-3300

There are 11 G&Ts on the menu, or 55 gins and nine tonics to mix and match.