I spent a bit of time in Europe recently and one of the most remarkable phenomena I came across was Madrid’s fascination with the Gin & Tonic.

A quick search on the web reveals that this is not a new thing – its been going on for a few years now, but it’s quite something to witness first hand.  For a start they serve these drinks in huge wine glasses with loads of ice, juniper berries, assorted fruits and lots and lots of gin – at as much as 17 Euros a pop!

Madrid style Gin & Tonic

Madrid style Gin & Tonic

The range of gins available is also pretty impressive.  There seems to be a movement to create speciality and craft gins around the world.  It’s a far cry from the stuffy old G&T gents would quaff down at the 19th hole.  It will be interesting to see if this craze makes it to Melbourne.  If it does remember that the Mornington Peninsula has its own Gin Wizards in the form of Bass & Flinders.