Gin & Tonics today have evolved into a chic fashionable drink. In Madrid’s busy nightlight gin & tonics have a reputation, not just because they are fine cocktails, but also because they are a wonder to see how they are prepared by masterful barmen.
El mentidero de la Villa, has two entrances, one on Almagro 20 that directs you to the restaurant, and the other around the corner on Zurbano 17 that leads you to their direct access to the cocktail bar on the bottom floor, and that’s where we want to go for a good gin and tonic.
Once you’ve reached the bar area, you’ll see trays and dishes containing dozens of different herbs, spices and fruits, ingredients such as juniper seeds, peppercorns, mint, anise and wild berries which are used to come up with some of the most incredible creative gin & tonics that I have had the chance to try.
Select your price range, and inform the bartender what type of flavor you are looking for, peppery, fruity, minty etc, from the moment he begins to twirl the ice cubes to cool the glass, to the last stage of crushing a lime peel to release the final fragrance you’ll be in awe when you realize that this is so much more than what you had hoped for.
After you watched the bartender do his magic, find a nice comfortable sofa in the back, sit down, sip away and enjoy.