For World Gin Day, June 8th, we looked to London, cities in Spain, and other parts of the gin-loving world for where the clear and botanically infused spirit is used in its best cocktail form, the Gin and Tonic aka G&T. Although most commonly known for its piney taste, when distilled with juniper berries, gin has a whole range of flavor profiles, including citrusy.
Combined with one of the varieties of premium tonic water, gin transforms into the ultimate refreshing summertime cocktail – the G&T. Here, some excellent G&Ts at bars from international gin-drinking destinations.
Manetta’s Bar – London, UK
This glam cocktail lounge in the boutique townhouse hotel, Flemings’, serves excellent takes on the Gin and Tonic.
Hibiscus Rose Fizz at Manetta’s Bar
Chase GB Extra Dry Gin, Lemon Juice, housemade Hibiscus Syrup, Sugar Syrup and Tonic.
7-12 Half Moon Street, London UK; flemings-mayfair.co.uk/london/manettas-bar; @FlemingsHotelMayfair
Ginkgo Restaurant & Sky Bar – Madrid
Located on the 12th floor of the VP Plaza España Design hotel, the Asian influenced Ginkgo Restaurant & Sky Bar offers spectacular cocktails along with the best views of Spain’s central capital city, Madrid.
Ginkgo Cocktail at Ginkgo Restaurant & Sky Bar
Oxley Gin, Shiso Leaves and Lemongrass, Fino De Jerez (Sherry) and Pink Pepper Tonic Water.
Plaza de España, 3, Madrid, Spain; ginkgoskybarmadrid.com; @GinkgoSkyBar
Elephanta Gin Bar – Barcelona
This cozy bar in the Vila de Gràcia neighborhood boasts a collection of some 40 gins behind the bar and serves G&Ts enhanced with unique garnishes matched with the perfect tonic.
Guillem at Elephanta Gin Bar
Wint & Lila Gin, Lemon Twist and Fentimans Tonic Water.
Torrent d’en Vidalet, 37 -08012- Vila de Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain; elephanta.cat; @elephantabcn
Oxwell & Co – Singapore
In a four-storied house in the heart of Chinatown, Oxwell & Co. has a first-floor bar is famous for its craft cocktails. It also houses a quaint dining room that dishes out British classics on the second floor and a rooftop bar that incorporates its edible garden into their food and drinks menu.
Gin & Chronic at Oxwell & Co
Oxwell & Co’s signature cocktail on tap is a secret, homemade recipe, which uses ingredients from the bar’s rooftop garden, and features citrusy notes with a hint of nutmeg for a spicy version of the classic Gin and Tonic.
5 Ann Siang Road, Singapore; oxwellandco.com; @OxwellCo
Anchor & Den – Grand Cayman
Located inside the Grand Cayman Marriott, Anchor & Den is a cozy gathering place for fun bites, chic music and eclectic cocktails.
Bitter & Twisted at Anchor & Den
Tanqueray Gin, Lustau Blanco, Grapefruit-Sage Cordial, Fresh Lemon Juice and Fentimans Grapefruit Tonic.
389 West Bay Road (Grand Cayman Marriott), Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands; www.AnchorAndDen.com; @anchorandden
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