Spanish Gin and Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Gin and Tonic, a classic cocktail with a rich history, has its origins in the British colonial era. The Spanish Gin and Tonic, or 'Gin Tonic', as it's often called in Spain, has evolved into a more elaborate version of the classic. It's particularly popular among those who appreciate a twist on tradition, with its emphasis on high-quality gin, premium tonic, and a variety of garnishes that enhance the botanicals in the gin.

  • Originated as a medicinal tonic
  • Gained popularity in Spain with a focus on presentation and garnishes
  • Loved by connoisseurs for its ability to highlight different gin profiles

How Spanish Gin and Tonic Tastes?

A Spanish Gin and Tonic is refreshing, aromatic, and complex. The botanicals from the gin are accentuated by the garnishes, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that's both bright and sophisticated.

Interesting facts about Spanish Gin and Tonic

  • The Spanish Gin and Tonic is often served in a balloon glass to enhance the aromatics.
  • It's customary in Spain to use a variety of garnishes tailored to the specific gin's botanicals.
  • The cocktail has become a canvas for creativity, with bartenders experimenting with different combinations of spices, herbs, and fruits.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Tonic water: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Orange peel: 1
  • Juniper berries: 3-5
  • Rosemary sprig: 1

A few good options for Spanish Gin and Tonic are:

  • Tanqueray Gin
  • Roku Japanese Gin

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The backbone of any gin and tonic is, of course, the gin. With 2oz, you're creating a balanced drink where the spirit can shine without overwhelming the subtlety of the tonic water. If you use too much, you risk overpowering the mix, and too little makes it a watery affair. Premium gin heavily influences the final flavor profile with its own unique blend of botanicals.

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Tonic Water

A bittersweet symphony held within those fizzing bubbles, tonic water (4-6oz) brings effervescence and quinine's distinctive taste. It's the perfect dance partner for gin, providing refreshing yin to gin's yang. Less tonic means a stronger gin flavor, while more can dilute the spirit's botanicals too much. Fever-Tree or Q Mixers are great high-end options that can elevate your cocktail.

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Orange Peel

The orange peel does a little zest zest, and then some! Expressing it releases oils that add a fragrant citrus note, bridging the gap between the gin and tonic beautifully. No peel, no deal – your cocktail will lack that zesty charm. Lemon or grapefruit peels are worthy understudies if you're looking to switch up the citrus profile.

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Juniper Berries

Ah, the juniper berries, those little piney orbs of joy. Adding 3-5 ensures a noticeable yet nuanced contribution to the flavor, reinforcing the gin's character. Without them, you'd miss out on an extra layer of complexity. They're not just berry good, they're essential. Want to get berry adventurous? Try a few pink peppercorns for a different kind of spice.

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Rosemary Sprig

This isn't just garnish for garnish's sake. Clapping the rosemary sprig awakens its aromatic oils, thus infusing the cocktail with a hint of the Mediterranean. No rosemary means no herby high-five to your senses. If rosemary took a day off, a sprig of thyme could step in for a slightly different herbal nuance.

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Recipe. How to make Spanish Gin and Tonic Drink

  1. Fill a balloon glass with plenty of ice to chill.
  2. Pour 2 oz of premium gin over the ice.
  3. Add 4-6 oz of tonic water, pouring it gently to retain the carbonation.
  4. Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then add the peel to the drink.
  5. Drop in 3-5 juniper berries.
  6. Gently clap a sprig of rosemary to release its aroma and place it in the glass.
  7. Stir gently to combine and serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Always use large ice cubes to chill the drink without diluting it too quickly.
  • Experiment with the garnishes to find the perfect match for your gin's unique botanical blend.
  • Pour the tonic water down a bar spoon to preserve the bubbles for a more effervescent drink.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Olives: a classic Spanish bar snack, olives complement the botanicals in the gin.
  • Cheese platters: with Manchego cheese offering a particularly nice match. The fat content in cheese balances the crispness of the tonic.
  • Salted nuts: like Marcona almonds provide a delightful contrast to the refreshing nature of the drink.
  • Light seafood dishes: such as ceviche or shrimp, harmonize with the cocktail's citrus notes.

Main Courses

  • Grilled white fish: with herbs can align with the gin's botanicals and the drink's refreshing nature.
  • Paella: particularly those with lighter meats like chicken or rabbit, the orange and rosemary can complement the complex flavors of this dish.


  • Lemon tart: as the acidity and sweetness can pair beautifully with the aromatic profile of the drink.
  • Fruit salads: especially those including citrus fruits, offer a refreshing end to the meal alongside the cocktail.

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What you could change in Spanish Gin and Tonic

  • For a non-alcoholic version, use a non-alcoholic gin alternative.
  • If rosemary is not available, a sprig of thyme can also complement the gin's flavors.
  • Any citrus peel can be used in place of orange, such as lemon or grapefruit, depending on the gin's botanicals.

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Cucumber & Mint G&T

  • Ingredients: Same as original, but add 2-3 slices of cucumber and a few fresh mint leaves.
  • Recipe: Prepare as above, then add cucumber slices and mint alongside the orange peel and rosemary. Give a gentle stir.
  • Change in taste: This twist transforms the cocktail into an even more refreshing experience with a cool, crisp edge from the cucumber and a vibrant burst from the mint.

Spicy G&T

  • Ingredients: Same as original, but replace orange peel and juniper berries with a slice of fresh ginger and a small red chili pepper.
  • Recipe: Begin with the ice and gin, then add slices of ginger and a whole or half chili pepper, depending on your heat tolerance, before adding the tonic water and rosemary.
  • Change in taste: A fiery kick is introduced, complementing the gin's spiciness, and bringing a warming contrast to the traditionally cool G&T.

Berry Rosé G&T

  • Ingredients: Same as original, but add a splash (about 1oz) of rosé wine and a handful of mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries).
  • Recipe: Prepare as per the original and then top with rosé wine, finishing with a handful of the fresh berries.
  • Change in taste: The dry, fruity quality of the rosé along with the sweetness and tartness from the berries adds a rich, summery twist to this classic cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Spanish Gin and Tonic

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Spanish Gin and Tonic

How do I choose the best gin for my Spanish Gin and Tonic?

When choosing a gin for your Spanish Gin and Tonic, consider a gin with a botanical profile that complements the garnishes you plan to use. Premium gins that feature notes of citrus, herbs, and spices often work well.

Why is a balloon glass recommended for a Spanish Gin and Tonic?

A balloon glass, also known as a Copa de Balon, has a large bowl which allows for plenty of ice and garnishes. Moreover, its shape enhances the aromas and makes the drinking experience more enjoyable.

Can I use diet tonic water in a Spanish Gin and Tonic?

Yes, diet tonic water can be used in a Spanish Gin and Tonic if you're looking to reduce sugar intake. However, keep in mind that it may alter the flavor profile of the cocktail.

Is there a specific type of ice that's best for cocktails like the Spanish Gin and Tonic?

Large, clear ice cubes are preferred as they melt slower, reducing dilution of the drink. This allows you to enjoy the bold flavors of the gin and the aromatics of the garnishes for a longer time.

Can I make a big batch of Spanish Gin and Tonic for a party?

While you can pre-mix the gin and citrus peels, it's best to add tonic water and garnishes to individual glasses right before serving to ensure the drink remains fresh and effervescent.

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