Upgrade your brunch with Agua de Valencia!
– Aren’t mimosas great?
– Yas, girl!
– Aren’t they the perfect match for a brunch by the sea?
– Close, but no.
– Wait, what?
– Mimosas are good, but Agua de Valencia is better.
– Oh, yeah? Tell me about this Agua de Valencia…
Agua de Valencia (Valencian Water) is a cocktail that contrary to what you might read in other blogs, is not named after Valencia oranges, but after the Spanish seaside city of Valencia. Legend has it some Basque tourists, renowned for their somewhat extreme love for their land, would refer to the best cava (Spanish sparkling wine, aka brut, we’ll have another blog post about this) in the bar as “Agua de Bilbao” (Water from Bilbao). A Valencian barman, a bit tired of the joke, decided to make up his own cocktail and offered it to the Basques as “Agua de Valencia”. The travelers loved it and the rest is history. Agua de Valencia has become a staple of Spanish nightlife –the perfect cocktail for good conversation and laughs by the sea.
So, what’s in Agua de Valencia and how do you make it? This is what you need:
- 1 cup FRESH Orange Juice (No need to import them from Valencia, there are plenty of good oranges in the US)
- 2 ounces gin
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 bottle of Freixenet cava (or you can try their US produced brand, Gloria Ferrer)
- Strawberries (optional)
- ice cube
Pour freshly squeezed orange juice in a pitcher. Add gin, vodka and cava. Add sugar, a pinch at a time. Stir and taste until desired sweetness is achieved. Refrigerate until chilled.
Fill a glass with 2 or 3 ice cubes and fill. Garnish with strawberries if desired.