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This Agua de Valencia cocktail is a refreshing and bubbly drink that is made with only 4 ingredients. Similar to a mimosa, this is a summer drink that's perfect for a group!
What Is Agua De Valencia?
Agua de Valencia or “Aigua de València” in Valencian, translates to “Valencian Water” in English.
This cocktail originated in Valencia, a province on the Eastern coast of Spain.
It was supposedly created by Spanish painter Constante Gil in the 1950s, and is made with Cava, orange juice, gin and vodka.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Agua de Valencia is very similar to a mimosa, but it has an extra kick from the gin and vodka.
- This is a great brunch cocktail, as well as an afternoon, happy hour drink.
- It is easy to make and perfect for a large group of people.
- You don't need a cocktail shaker to make this drink.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Cava: Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine that is similar to champagne (but much more affordable). You can use Champagne or Prosecco as a substitute.
- Orange Juice: An authentic Agua de Valencia uses Valencian oranges – which the region is famous for. However, unless you are lucky, you likely won't be able to find Valencian oranges. Just use the freshest & ripest oranges you can find. You can use a store bought juice instead, but it won't have the same, light, fresh taste.
- Gin & Vodka: A dash of gin and vodka give this drink an extra kick. Use your favorite brands of vodka and gin, or whatever you have on hand.
- A juicer to juice the oranges.
- A pitcher to mix the drink in.
- Champagne flutes or broad cocktail glasses to serve the drink in.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Add the Cava, orange juice, gin and vodka to a pitcher.
Step 2: Stir gently to combine. Chill for 30 minutes in the fridge and serve.
- Strain the pulp. Typically the drink is served with smooth orange juice that has had the pulp strained out. You can leave some pulp in if you prefer, otherwise, pass the orange juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pieces of pulp.
- Add simple syrup. Some variations of this cocktail add in a bit of extra sugar to make the drink sweeter. If you want a sweeter drink, add in ½ to 2 oz of simple syrup.
- Adjust the strength. Other versions of this drink use significantly more gin and vodka. The recipe below is closer to what you’d actually be served in Valencia – not an overly strong drink. That being said, if you do want a stronger drink, you can double or triple the amount of gin and vodka.
- Chill everything. Chill the cocktail glasses, pitcher and all the ingredients for the cocktail in the fridge before making the drink. This lets you serve the drink as soon as it's prepared. You can chill the cocktail once it has been made, but don't chill it for longer than an hour or the Cava will start to get flat.
Yes. Double the quantity of orange juice, gin and vodka.
No this drink is served chilled, but not over ice as this would water it down.
This recipe makes 4 to 5 servings.