Vermouth in the Gintonería
It's been a while since I talked about La Gintonería, the bar in Gros that serves a bastion for fine drinking in a city that places a priority on pintxos. In fact, my last post was to highlight their opening. Little did I know how much I would come to enjoy it, and how devoted owner Txema and his barpeople would be to their craft.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I *finally* take a break from their selection of a hundred or so gins and classic cocktails to request a vermouth. In this city, you never know what might happen when you order a vermouth....a bartender may ask you, as if to correct, "Oh, a Martini?" (referring to the brand name of the world's least delicious vermouth). They may say "Marianito or vermouth?" which is a question about size, marianito being the smaller version. They may not ask you anything. And the rarest ocurrence is when they ask you "What kind?" This means you have hit upon one of the few bars in San Sebastian that have a variety of vermouths.
La Gintonería is one of these bars. Owner Txema pulled out all his line for me to smell, see and take pictures of: Dos Deus, several Yzaguirres, vermouth Miro, Noilly Prat, and more. I opted for the brand new vermouth from Galicia, vermut Nordesía. It's made by the folks behind Nordés Gin. Both are so new, they are hard to find both in bars and online, but trust me...they are delicious.
La Gintonería | Zabaleta 6, 20002 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain | 943 02 19 56