Agua de Valencia — one of our favorite Spanish cocktails

Agua de Valencia — one of our favorite Spanish cocktails

Hi there,

Summer is finally here, and it's starting to get hot here in Barcelona — so, today, we want to share with you one of our favorite summer cocktail recipes.

It's called the  Agua de Valencia — meaning "water of Valencia" — and if you love oranges, you'll love this delicious and refreshing summer drink.

Valencia is famous around the world, and especially in Spain, for its sweet and delectable oranges. (The "Valencia" orange that is grown in California was named after the orange trees from this region.)

For the  Agua de Valencia, we traditionally use home-grown oranges from Valencia. However, Californian Valencia oranges are great too. You could even use "regular" oranges, provided you add a little sugar.

This cocktail is perfect for relaxed Sunday afternoons.

What you'll need: 

Freshly squeezed orange juice; cava (or champagne); vodka; and gin.

Here's how you make it:

  1. Leave the oranges and cava in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  2. Squeeze the juice from the oranges, and pour five parts (to a total of ten parts for the entire cocktail) into a carafe or  wine decanter.
  3. Add three parts of cava — or, if you don't have cava, you could use champagne or some other semi-sweet sparkling wine.
  4. Mix in one part of vodka and one part of gin, and stir gently.
  5. Voilà!

Serving tip:

As always, if you're going to serve this cocktail to friends or family, you will want to make sure you serve it in the correct glassware — especially if any of your guests have ever travelled to Spain. The  Agua de Valencia is supposed to be served in a martini glass. ( Our Sagrada Martini Glass is perfect.)


And, as always, we’d love to see a photo of your finished  Agua de Valencia!

Salud y amor y tiempo para disfrutarlo!