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.

    LXII Catalonia’s Mixology Championship

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    Las 15th of May we had the pleasure of being part of the LXII Catalonia’s Mixology Championship jury in the Barman and Young Barman categories. The championship took place at the Terraza del Duquesa and the jury was formed by professionals of the mixology world as well as professors of the Hostelry School of Catalonia.
    The winners were Sergi Sánchez (from our very own Ideal Cocktail Bar) in the Young Barman category and Julio Montero (from the Torre Rosa cocktail bar) in the Barman category, congratulations to the winners, we’d like to thank all the participants and people who came to enjoy this event and a special thank you to the sponsors for the help!
    Here we leave a selection of photos from the day, to see the rest go here







    Arrels & Ideal


    Last thursday we had the pleasure of going to the inauguration event for the new shoe collection of Arrels Barcelona in which lots of creatives such as Neil Harbisson, Catalina Estrada, Hey Studio or Yoshi Sislay. have collaborated.

    We are really glad to have participated in this celebration with the creation of our very own cocktail inspired by the creations of Javier and Pepe Llaudet whom day after day struggle to make real a new brand of high quality and sustainable fashion as well as (like they say) radical shoes. Here we leave you some of the pictures of the party and the recipe for the cocktail Arrels:


    Christian Escribà made this incredible cake inspired by the new collection of Arrels.



    Cocktail Arrels:


    • 5cl gin
    • 2cl cherry brandy
    • 2cl of wild berries mash
    • 1cl lemon juice
    • >Fill with ginger Bier
    • Garnish with wild berries

    TinTin & Ideal II

    Last wednesday we announced that we had two surprises at Ideal, the first one was the Loch Lomond whisky, today we show you the second one: the Haig’s whisky.


    This whisky also has an honorable mention in the TinTin comics, Hergé has been one of the most detailist comic book artists of history and in the tenth comic of TinTin (TinTin and the red sea sharks, 1958) there is a vignette where we can find an exact replica of a Haig’s whisky bottle with the same label the bottles from the distillery John Haig & Co Ltd. had back in the day. During TinTin’s publication Hergé used a lot of real brands in the stories, eventually lots of them were substituted by fictional brands (as we showed you with the Loch Lomond story) but you can still find quite a lot of references to real brands such as Fiat, Kodak or Rolex in the pages of the comics.

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    If you want to enjoy this unique whisky it will be waiting for you at Ideal.

    TinTin & Ideal Cocktail Bar

    Here at Ideal we have an extensive and premium whisky selection, every now and then we get in our hands some of the most extraordinary whiskies that exist and this month we have the pleasure to announce that we have two new acquisitions specially uniques, the first of them is the Loch Lomond whisky.


    The history of Loch Lomond whisky mixes reality and fiction and for TinTin die-hard fans it’s well-known, in 1966 Hergé added this ficticious whisky brand in the comics (specifically in TinTin and The Black Island), at first his idea was to substitute all the Johnny Walker references from the vignettes for a completely made-up brand. Eventually this brand became Captain Haddock’s favorite whisky (as well as Snowy’s!). What Hergé didn’t know back in the time was that this whisky already existed, the Loch Lomond distillery is located in Scotland and had been operative since 1965 by the time Hergé decided to include it, unconsciously,in his comics. Nowadays the distillery is still going strong and has become one of the touristic attractions of Scotland, they even have a real size replica of one of the whisky tank wagon that appears in the comics.


    At Ideal we have this very unique whisky waiting for all of you fans of TinTin as well as for good whiskies connoisseurs, come and have a taste!


    Mobile World Cocktail II

    Yesterday we showed you a new cocktail specialy made for this year Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, today we show you another new cocktail made for the fair, the Mobile World Cocktail Umami.


    This cocktail is an appetizer and it’s strongly spiced with a unique personality, its ingredients are:
    Opihr Gin
    Green pepper spice
    Dry Lillet Vermouth
    Refined Jerez Sherry (Fino)
    Umeshu liquor
    We finish it with a lemon tree lead and a lime.