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Teksti: Raúl Rexach

First off, I would like to introduce myself to you, readers. Hi, my name is Raúl and from now on, I’m gonna be writing for you about drinks (mainly) and food (not too much…) in Barcelona, or other cities if I’m traveling. For more specific info about me, there’s a profile area around here 🙂

A little bit of recent history. Five or six years ago, the cocktail world in Barcelona starts to rebirth with a new kind of costumer, young people. That was because people like me (and I hope like many of you), find something called bar-tending, and of course, my friends, due to my job, learned about drinks and cocktails, and at the same time the friends of my friends learned also and became this new range of costumers. So, what we use to have before, was costumers of thirty years onwards (we still having them), and now there is costumers from twenties or even less. And there’s another reason: TV SHOWS. You can’t imagine how many guys had start drinking cocktails because of Mad Men (the main character drinks Old Fashioned). I hope, these few lines would be clear enough for you to understand what I’m trying to explain.

Teksti: Raúl Rexach

First off, I would like to introduce myself to you, readers. Hi, my name is Raúl and from now on, I’m gonna be writing for you about drinks (mainly) and food (not too much…) in Barcelona, or other cities if I’m traveling. For more specific info about me, there’s a profile area around here 🙂

A little bit of recent history. Five or six years ago, the cocktail world in Barcelona starts to rebirth with a new kind of costumer, young people. That was because people like me (and I hope like many of you), find something called bar-tending, and of course, my friends, due to my job, learned about drinks and cocktails, and at the same time the friends of my friends learned also and became this new range of costumers. So, what we use to have before, was costumers of thirty years onwards (we still having them), and now there is costumers from twenties or even less. And there’s another reason: TV SHOWS. You can’t imagine how many guys had start drinking cocktails because of Mad Men (the main character drinks Old Fashioned). I hope, these few lines would be clear enough for you to understand what I’m trying to explain.

First off, I would like to introduce myself to you, readers. Hi, my name is Raúl and from now on, I’m gonna be writing for you about drinks (mainly) and food (not too much…) in Barcelona, or other cities if I’m traveling. For more specific info about me, there’s a profile area around here 🙂

A little bit of recent history. Five or six years ago, the cocktail world in Barcelona starts to rebirth with a new kind of costumer, young people. That was because people like me (and I hope like many of you), find something called bar-tending, and of course, my friends, due to my job, learned about drinks and cocktails, and at the same time the friends of my friends learned also and became this new range of costumers. So, what we use to have before, was costumers of thirty years onwards (we still having them), and now there is costumers from twenties or even less. And there’s another reason: TV SHOWS. You can’t imagine how many guys had start drinking cocktails because of Mad Men (the main character drinks Old Fashioned). I hope, these few lines would be clear enough for you to understand what I’m trying to explain.

Teksti: Raúl Rexach

First off, I would like to introduce myself to you, readers. Hi, my name is Raúl and from now on, I’m gonna be writing for you about drinks (mainly) and food (not too much…) in Barcelona, or other cities if I’m traveling. For more specific info about me, there’s a profile area around here 🙂

A little bit of recent history. Five or six years ago, the cocktail world in Barcelona starts to rebirth with a new kind of costumer, young people. That was because people like me (and I hope like many of you), find something called bar-tending, and of course, my friends, due to my job, learned about drinks and cocktails, and at the same time the friends of my friends learned also and became this new range of costumers. So, what we use to have before, was costumers of thirty years onwards (we still having them), and now there is costumers from twenties or even less. And there’s another reason: TV SHOWS. You can’t imagine how many guys had start drinking cocktails because of Mad Men (the main character drinks Old Fashioned). I hope, these few lines would be clear enough for you to understand what I’m trying to explain.

After this little intro, for this, my first article, I would like to talk about the most trendy drink in Barcelona and some other cities, like Madrid, Valencia, or San Sebastián. A Gin&Tonic please, Yes sir (typical answer of the bartender few years ago). Now, our nowadays answer: Yes sir, which gin you like? That’s the first question you’ve got in a decent place, and there’s places with twenty (20) gin brands, to some specialized places, what we call a Gin&Tonic Bar, with more than seventy (70) different gins. After that, the step number two, is about the tonic water: if I´m not wrong, you can get up to 10 different tonic waters in Barcelona (I’m not including limited editions and other stuff like that), and not all the tonics are the right choice for every gin: more or less CO2, the quality and amount of quinine, brewed or not…

But here comes the big thing: THE TOPPING! Personally I’d like to work, with twist of lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit, and sometimes some spices like black pepper, nutmeg…which is, in my opinion, enough to garnish and give that extra aroma to the drink. Liquorice, cinnamon, apple, grapes, strawberries, rose petals, and a really long etc…That’s what you can find in a Gin&Tonic nowadays. For me, sometimes it’s too much (you’re having a drink, not a fruit salad). If you think about it, the gin it’s already infused with lots of botanicals, spices and fruits (depending on the brand of course), it has his own aroma itself, and the target here, is to use ingredients that really match, not mask, the organoleptic properties of each gin. I’m not saying that those fruity Gin&Tonics taste bad, they don’t, but sometimes, the gin it’s just a invisible flavor in your mouth, simply disappears. So where’s the point? It’s the trendy drink and it`s drunk even by people that doesn’t like gin.

After my opinion, I would like to read what you think about that. In future words, I’ll bring you a review about the first Gin&Tonic Bar in Barcelona – till’ then, you’ll have to wait. Faithfully yours,

RAfter this little intro, for this, my first article, I would like to talk about the most trendy drink in Barcelona and some other cities, like Madrid, Valencia, or San Sebastián. A Gin&Tonic please, Yes sir (typical answer of the bartender few years ago). Now, our nowadays answer: Yes sir, which gin you like? That’s the first question you’ve got in a decent place, and there’s places with twenty (20) gin brands, to some specialized places, what we call a Gin&Tonic Bar, with more than seventy (70) different gins. After that, the step number two, is about the tonic water: if I´m not wrong, you can get up to 10 different tonic waters in Barcelona (I’m not including limited editions and other stuff like that), and not all the tonics are the right choice for every gin: more or less CO2, the quality and amount of quinine, brewed or not…

But here comes the big thing: THE TOPPING! Personally I’d like to work, with twist of lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit, and sometimes some spices like black pepper, nutmeg…which is, in my opinion, enough to garnish and give that extra aroma to the drink. Liquorice, cinnamon, apple, grapes, strawberries, rose petals, and a really long etc…That’s what you can find in a Gin&Tonic nowadays. For me, sometimes it’s too much (you’re having a drink, not a fruit salad). If you think about it, the gin it’s already infused with lots of botanicals, spices and fruits (depending on the brand of course), it has his own aroma itself, and the target here, is to use ingredients that really match, not mask, the organoleptic properties of each gin. I’m not saying that those fruity Gin&Tonics taste bad, they don’t, but sometimes, the gin it’s just a invisible flavor in your mouth, simply disappears. So where’s the point? It’s the trendy drink and it`s drunk even by people that doesn’t like gin.

After my opinion, I would like to read what you think about that. In future words, I’ll bring you a review about the first Gin&Tonic Bar in Barcelona – till’ then, you’ll have to wait. Faithfully yours,

R

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