A refreshing gin and tonic may have been just what Spanish members of parliament needed after sessions grappling with unemployment, street protests, a sinking economy and other problems.
But the subsidized cocktails at the parliament's cafeterias stirred up outrage amongst the suffering Spanish public.
So the heads of political parties agreed on Tuesday to take them off the menu.
Fixed low prices had meant MPs could enjoy a gin and tonic for 3.45 euros - about half the price as at a regular bar.
The issue surfaced when parliament began to take bids from catering companies to run the cafeterias that had to guarantee services including a 9-euro lunch menu and cheap gin and tonics.