Halloween at Ideal

Halloween has come to Ideal! And to celebrate it until Monday we will be serving two very special cocktails created by ourselves.
The first one is a vey unique gintonic, here we leave you the recipe:

  • Gin Vones macerated with chestnut
  • Schweppes Tonic
  • A few drops of chestnut syrup
  • Licorice stick for garnish
  • Pumpkin strip for garnish
  • Roasted marshmallows


And the second one:

  • Tequila
  • Pumpkin juice
  • Chestnut syrup
  • Ginger Syrup



Take advantage of these days to enjoy these cocktails that will only be available until Monday!

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

cognac tast


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!