The Copa de Balón is, in our opinion, Spain’s most underrated export. A 21oz glass goblet (which literally translates as a balloon glass) is a style of serve that began its life as a way of keeping G&Ts cold in the hot kitchens of the Basque region. The Michelin-starred chefs that the area is famous for started heaping their Bordeaux wine glasses full of high-quality ice in an effort to keep them cold - and it worked! The bowl shape of the glass enhances the botanicals and character of each gin, whilst the garnish adds to the nose. Throw in a few years of experimentation and we think that the art of the perfect G&T has indeed been perfected.
We’ve curated a list of 100 gins from around the world and matched them with complementary mixers and garnishes allowing the character of each to flourish. Alongside this sits a collection of simple, flavourful cocktails with a Spanish twist, created by our resident cocktail guru, Matthew Coates, using traditional ingredients, flavours & methods from the region.
After spending much time enjoying and researching the tapas bars and restaurants in Spain, particularly the Basque region, head chef Greg Lewis now serves his own fresh take on some of his favourite dishes. We use the finest imported Spanish produce married with the best seasonal ingredients to produce a modern British twist on traditional Spanish recipes.
Our wine list has been designed to work in complete harmony with our food menu. The list features many Spanish varieties but also includes some carefully selected world wines that have been chosen to compliment our dishes.
GinTonica is on the second floor of The Distillery, situated at the Ladbroke Grove end of Portobello Road, at no.186 Portobello Road, on the corner of Talbot Road. The nearest tube stations are Ladbroke Grove (Circle, Hammersmith & City) or Notting Hill Gate (Central, District), each within a 7min & 14min walk respectively.