What We’re Drinking Right Now: Spanish Gin

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I know what you’re thinking: isn’t gin a traditionally British drink? Well, to be accurate, the Dutch invented gin (or genever in its earlier form), the British added tonic, but it was the Spaniards who perfected the garnish and elevated the drink to the level of art.

In fact, Spain ranked first in gin consumption per capita, with an average of 1.07 litres per person. They take their G&T seriously, as we can tell. Plus, living in Spain means that every day feels like a holiday; she is not known as the land of siesta and fiesta without proof. In Spain, the pace of life is slower, and the Spaniards are never in a hurry. Sun-drenched Spain is blessed with an endless array of magnificent beaches, and it’s impossible not to frolic along the beach or lounge beside the pool with a refreshing cocktail. You can’t be in Spain and not feel relaxed.

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Best Spanish Gin That Makes You Feel Like You’re On A Summer Holiday

Since travelling abroad is still a distant dream for most of us, it doesn’t hurt to unwind at home with a glass of Spanish gintonic, and there’s no looming cut-off time for alcohol consumption. We’ve rounded up several Spanish gins to sip right now that will make you feel like you’re on a summer holiday.

Gin Mare

With just one sip of Gin Mare, you’ll be whisked away to the Mediterranean coast in the summer. The word ‘Mare’ is Latin for ‘sea’, and true to its name, Gin Mare casts a Mediterranean-wide net for botanicals: Italian basil, Greek thyme, Turkish rosemary, and Spanish citruses, as well as its signature Spanish arbequina olives. Gin Mare is dedicated to bringing the taste, scent and sight of Mediterranean to you in a bottle.

It’s crisp and refreshing, with herbaceous notes that are well-balanced and a zesty finish. We like the idea of serving the gin on the rocks with a twist of lemon alongside a cold seafood platter.


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Nordes Atlantic Galician Gin

 

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The name of this gin was inspired by the northern Atlantic wind, known in Spain as the Nordés. Distilled from locally grown albariño grapes, Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin seeks to distinguish itself from more common, grain-based gins. Classic juniper flavours are toned down in Nordés’ gin, revealing floral and fruity notes from botanicals such as hibiscus, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. Menthol lingers on the finish as the sweet, floral fruitiness fades away.

Nordés isn’t a traditional gin, by any means. It’s not particularly juniper-forward, so it’s probably not one for some purists.


Larios Gin

 

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Spain’s number one bestselling gin Larios Gin has been around since 1866. When it comes to Meditteranean Gin, you can’t leave out the citrus fruits. Larios Gin is made with doubled-distilled juniper and Mediterranean oranges and lemons. It has a clean and refreshingly dry mouthfeel with a hint of citrus and a peppery finish.

When it comes to food pairing, Larios gin is a natural fit with seafood – particularly smoked or cured salmon, as well as strong cheeses and cured meats like Parma ham and chorizo.


Puerto de Indias Dry Gin – Pure Black Edition

Puerto de Indias is a top premium gin distiller in the sun-drenched Spanish region of Seville. Its history goes back to 1880, and it is one of the oldest traditional distilleries in the province of Andalusia. The name of the distillery was a reference to the region’s maritime heritage in the 1500s, when Spain began trading with the New World. As you would have guessed it, Puerto de Indias was the name of Seville’s port. While most of us are homebound for the time being, you still can collect a piece of Spain. The shape of the bottle is inspired by the iconic Torre del Oro (Gold Tower) in Seville.

Their most recent creation is the Puerto de Indias Pure Black Premium Gin, which features ingredients from the Andalusian springtime like orange blossom, vanilla, and jasmine. It’s not your typical gin; instead, it will awaken your senses with aromas of orange blossom and lemon verbena, as well as a gentle hint of jasmine and vanilla on the nose. On the palate, it’s intense and bittersweet, with hints of juniper.

Puerto de Indias Strawberry Sevillian Premium Gin

If you prefer something sweet, then this might be a better option for you.

Combining juniper berries and freshest Spanish strawberries, Puerto de Indias Strawberry Sevillian Premium Gin is a light and lusciously sweet gin, perfect for a warm afternoon tipple served over ice with light tonic and a sprig of rosemary. You can even switch out tonic for lemonade to turn it into a fruity summer cocktail and top it off with some freshly cut strawberries to complete the look.


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