For the last 4 years I have been lucky enough to visit friends and family and spend over a month in Barcelona. Everyone who lives there knows that gin tonics are the drink of choice, and also knows that we do not call them “Gin & Tonics”.
Recently I read an article about the passion for Gin Tonics in Spain and about some bars in Barcelona specialised on this cocktail. This article gave me the inspiration to create my piece:
[…] Barcelona, like Madrid, is now flooded with bars that do nothing but serve gin tonics. There’s Bobby Gin in Gracia, with a bouncer at the door who radios your group in to a bar bathed in dark woods and soft lights. Xixbar in Poble Sec, with its cave-like corners and piercing florescent lights, has a store connected to the bar selling something like 50 types of gin from around the world. And my favorite from the cool crowd, Pesca Salada, a tiny bar tucked down a side street in the Raval, with erratic hours, a ceiling paved in metal plates and a bartender with a killer fro and a heavy hand with the hard stuff. […]
The artwork features several ingredients used in the elaboration of Gin and the cocktail itself. You will find some arbequina olives as well, maybe not commonly associate it with Gin, but these are the gold ingredient in one of our national gins called Gin Mare, a Mediterranean Gin that I wanted to give support. This is Gin Mare’s DNA:
Gin Mare opens the door to a new variety of gins, with a novel pan-Mediterranean concept that unites the different cultures around this sea representing their botanical stars such as: Arbequina olives, thyme, basil and rosemary
Our Liquid Gold:
The Arbequina Olive. The only one in the world with its own Designation of Origin
Our Mediterranean Botanicals:
Basil from Italy
Thyme from Greece
Rosemary from Turkey
Citrus fruits from Spain
Other botanicals that make up the Gin Mare personality:
Juniper Coriander Green Cardamom (harvested on farms)
Gin Mare is born from a pure Mediterranean environment with our distillery located in an ancient fishing village between the Costa Brava and the Costa Dorada.
The artwork is built entirely in vector format.
The lettering is based on my own copperplate writing and then added weight by hand and vectorised on the computer.
This is my tribute and personal love story with the city of Barcelona. Full artwork coming soon!