BY LANEE LEE

Over the last few years, the Gin & Tonic (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 after dinner, and with the variety and complexity of offerings, it’s no surprise Spain consumes more gin than any other European Union country.

Gin & tonics in Spain use botanicals like cherries, herbs, and nasturtium flowers rather than the classic lime garnish.

Sip Stations:

Bobby Gin Barcelona

Fun and irreverent – except for the cocktails – this bar is staffed with tenders who excel at knowing what kind of G&T you’ll love, even before you do. Carrer de Francisco Giner 47.

Solange Cocktails & Luxury Spirits

Named for a Bond girl and run by Adriana Chia, the first woman to snag Spain’s World Class Best Bartender award, this sleek space is pure luxe, from the premium gins to the delicate glassware. Carrer d’Aribau 143.

Old Fashioned Gin Tonic & Cocktail Bar

For rare, aged, or artisan gins, this bar, which takes its cue from American-style Prohibition-era outposts, is the place to go. Carrer Santa Teresa 1.

All photos by Korena Bolding Sinnett.