In a country that’s famous for two boozy things—vermouth on tap and the most bars per capita in Europe—I had high hopes for Madrid when it came to cocktails. If you’re a fan of gin and tonic, no problem, you’re living in a libation utopia. Unfortunately for me, I’ve received too many manhattans that look like this:
Between the margarita glass, straws, and white vermouth, this is a cocktail with an identity crisis. And yes, there’s an olive floating in there. Lucky for you, I’ve sacrificed many a Friday night in the name of research.
Keep reading for the four gems I’ve found in Spain’s capital city.