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Spanish-style gin and tonic recipe

Spanish-style gin and tonic recipe

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In Spain, the gin-tonic (as it’s more commonly known) is all about garnishes and aromatic flavours. Traditionally served in round balloon glasses to let the aromas mingle, this version of a classic gin cocktail has a sweet-savoury balance of tart grapefruit, fragrant thyme and tangy olives. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare
  • 179 calories / serving


  • ice cubes
  • 200ml gin
  • ½ pink grapefruit, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 orange, zest peeled into large strips
  • fresh thyme sprigs
  • 4 pitted queen olives, rinsed
  • 600ml tonic water

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    1g 1%
  • Saturates

    0g 1%
  • Sugars

    11g 12%
  • Salt

    0.2g 3%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 12.9g Protein 0.3g Fibre 1.4g


  1. Half-fill 4 balloon glasses with ice cubes, then divide the gin between them.
  2. Add a couple of grapefruit slices, strips of orange peel and thyme sprigs to each glass, followed by an olive.
  3. Top up each glass with the tonic water to serve.

Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to peel off thin strips from the orange, trying to stick to the orange skin and leaving the white pith beneath. For extra flavour, you could use a little of the leftover orange flesh to stuff the olives with before adding to the glasses.

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The Spanish-style uses less tonic than the traditional British gin and tonic, so if you find the recipe too strong, top up with a little more tonic to taste.

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