Barcelona Rum Congress

Last weekend took place the Barcelona Rum Congress, a congress dedicated to the industry and culture of this unique distillate.
The event was held at the Llotja de Mar in Barcelona and it brought together professionals from all walks of rum in a show full of content. Business, education and experience were the three main axes that structured this congress with all kinds of activities from conferences to exhibitions.
On the occasion of this event they created the Mixology Route , a route in which the 10 best cocktail bars in Barcelona collaborate with the creation of an exclusive cocktail made with rum, our proposal for this route was the Ideal Stormy, here we leave the recipe:


  • 3 cl de Flor de Caña 4 years Rum
  • 2 cl lime juice
  • 2 ds Bitter
  • 1,5 cl de homemade ginger syrup
  • 6 cl de Ginger Bier
  • Top de 3 cl de Punta Cana Rum
  • Garnish it with mint and dehydrated grapefruit




2016 Spanish Mixology Championship

Last sunday October the 9th it was held in Madrid the 2016 Spanish Cocktail Competition now in its 63rd edition and whose organization is in charge of the Federation of Spanish Barmans (FABE) and the Association of Barmen of Madrid. Sergi Sànchez of Ideal Cocktail Bar and Josep Maria Gotarda were there participating in it, here we leave you with a few pictures of the event






With Alícia Barcos, Concha de Marie Brizard, Pepe Dioni president of the Spanish barmans, Javier de las Muelas and Josep María Gotarda

Barcelona International Boat Show 2016

This year we’re back at the Barcelona International Boat Show along with Curt Ediciones, for the people who visit their stand we have prepared a very nice surprise, along with the other gifts that you can get on the stand we give to you form Ideal Cocktail Bar a bar stick to mix all your drinks and cocktails.
If you want to get this stick don’t hesitate to visit de Curt Ediciones Stand and pick yours!



Visiting the Cognac commune in France

Cognac is a french commune located in the Charente department famous for being the origin of the brandy that names it. Last week Josep Mª Gotarda traveled to the area along with a team of barmans from different parts of Europe (from Stockholm to Paris and Spain in-between) to visit the most famous châteaux and to take part not only in the process of making the cognac but also to do some cognac tasting.

The first distillery they visited was the Merlet & Fils, the famous distillery Merlet has been operating since 1850 and it’s worldwide reknown for being the creator of the Merlet Cognac, Gotarda and his pals had the chance to visit the barrels where the cognac is aged, which are more than a hundred years old and are nowadays true relics, as well as the classical alembics and vineyards that surround the place. Moreover they could take part in a special cognac tasting organized by Luc Merlet, owner of the château.

Cognac region is not only famous by its brandy, it’s also known for having a wide range of oysters and the team was able to visit the Cognac & Cherac market where they could taste the different kinds of oysters they offer as well as other typical products of the area.

We leave you here a selection of pictures of the travel
casaClassical building of the Cognac region


The Merlet château dates from 1850 and it’s the home of Luc Merlet, its owner, his family and right next to it there’s the whole factory where Merlet is created.


Centenarian barrels and classic alembics are crucial for the making of this cognac

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The spanish team about to taste the different cognacs


The wide offer of oysters at the Cognac & Cherac market



Taking part in the vintage

viñaThe château vines

If you want to enjoy a good cognac after seeing all of this at Ideal we’ll be pleased to serve you the best one around.

The Vermouth Handbook

Ester Bachs has published this year the Vermouth Guide, this little book tells the history of this drink and includes as well a lot of recipes to do with it. Additionaly it talks about us as one of the pioneering bars in working with vermouth in the mixology world, it also has a foreword by the reknown chef Carme Ruscalleda and a compilation of the best cocktail bars where you can enjoy a good vermouth.
If you want to know how to prepare an Amber, a Triple XXX or a Platinum cocktail run to the nearest bookstore and get yourselves a copy, you won’t regret it!



PDT at Ideal Cocktail Bar

This week we had the pleasure to meet Adam Schmidt and Jeff Bell, the barmans of New York’s reknown Please Don’t Tell cocktail bar. All along this month Adam and Jeff will be settled in Barcelona and they have decided to establish themselves at the Banker’s Bank, the Hotel Mandarin Oriental bar.

Esta semana tenemos el placer de haber tenido de invitados en Ideal a los barmans Adam Schmidt y Jeff Bell de la célebre coctelería neoyorquina Please Don’t Tell, durante este mes de septiembre Adam y Jeff se han instalado en Barcelona y lo han hecho en el Banker’s Bank, la coctelería del hotel Mandarin Oriental.
To complete the experience Please Do not Tell in Barcelona, the cocktails will be complemented with a selection of hot dogs done by Joan Roca, Carme Ruscalleda, Albert Adrià, Angel Leon and Gaston Acurio to accompany the drinks. This is not the first time Please Do not Tell leaves New York, always adapting its culinary offerings to the host country, Paris, Tokyo, Melbourne and Hong Kong have been the cities that have hosted the ‘pop up’ of PDT in the past and now we can enjoy it right here for a limited time, don’t miss it!




Ideal in Le Shaker

Le Shaker magazine has reviewed us in their last number of June, Ideal Cocktail Bar can be find inside the report of Barcelona’s best cocktail bars along with other great bars of the city, besides the review we talk to them about our very own Ideal Cocktail, here we leave you the extracts of the magazine and the recipe for the Ideal Cocktail.

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Ideal Cocktail


  • 5cl of White Mezcal from Ágave Espadín
    1/4 of orange
    2cl of cinnamon and chile syrup
    3.5cl of strawberry purée
    2cl of lime juice
  • Elaboration
    Put in a shaker the chopped orange and pestle it, after that add the rest of the ingredients with quite a lot of ice. It will be served shaked in an individual jar with enough crushed ice. To decorate put a piece of pink grapefruit and a piece of papaya, both of them dehydrated.

    Josep Mª Gotarda interview at Catalunya Ràdio’s “El Suplement”

    This Sunday we had the pleasure of chatting about gintonics with the guys of the radio program El Suplement of Catalunya Ràdio, along with Pep Nogué, Roger Escap and Jordi MIllán. The program took place at La Terrassa del Duquesa and we want to thank all the people who made it possible, you can hear the radio program here (in Catalan):




    Ideal Master Class

    Last 20th of May we had the pleasure of directing a masterclass for the Girona’s School of Hostelry students. The masterclass was conducted by our barmans Manel Roldán and Sergi Sánchez and it consisted of teaching the students the elaborations of some classic cocktails as well as the history of such cocktails. We leave you here a selection of photos from the class and the history of the origins of the classic Manhattan cocktail.



    The Manhattans cocktail Origins

    The mother of Winston Churchill is credited with its invention in the New York City’s Manhattan Club, which was before the Empire State Building was actually build, the day celebrating the election of his friend, Samuel Jones Tilden, as governor of New York. Lady Randolph Churchill (Jennie Jerome) was born in Broooklyn and was a woman of remarkable beauty, with a very intense and hectic life: he married three times and had a significant influence on the political career of his son. He died after falling over a ladder because of some high heels that were quite unsuitable for walking.
    In the book Valentine’s Manual of New York (1923), the bartender of New York’s Hofftman House mentions a man named “Black”, the supposedly owner of a gambling den on Broadway, as its inventor.
    Another story, according to an article in a journal of Winconsin, puts its creation in 1899 on a ship that sailed the Mississippi River. Colonel Joe Walker, who was traveling with friends from New York, mixed whiskey and vermouth, which were the only drinks they had, and came to New Orleans, and once perfected the mix, he named it “Manhattan” in honor their friends.

    Divine Barcelona

    Last week we were featured in Barcelona Divina magazine. We were in a top 5 of the best cocktail bars of Barcelona which were challenged to create de “Barcelona Divina’s Cocktail”. Our barman Manel was inspired by the uniqueness and explosiveness of this city to create his cocktail Barcelona Divina, in it he mixed the citric of oranges and limes, the sweetness of cinnamon and strawberries and the final touch was the adding of a spicy chile all of that mixed in Mezcal. Manel defined it like:

    “This is a refreshing cocktail, fruity, with smokey and spicy details and with a slightly peppery final touch”.

    Here we leave you the ingredients as well as the elaboration if you want to try it at home!



    • 5cl of White Mezcal from Ágave Espadín
    • 1/4 of orange
    • 2cl of cinnamon and chile syrup
    • 3.5cl of strawberry purée
    • 2cl of lime juice

    Put in a shaker the chopped orange and pestle it, after that add the rest of the ingredients with quite a lot of ice. It will be served shaked in an individual jar with enough crushed ice. To decorate put a piece of pink grapefruit and a piece of papaya, both of them dehydrated.