Agua de Valencia – Souped-Up Sangria

Harry Lambourne
10th January 2023

Everyone knows about Sangria. It’s a deliciously refreshing mix of wine, fruit and other tasty treats. A big jug that is sure to excite any table of which it is at the centre. Well, move over Sangria because Agua de Valencia might be even tastier.

This drink dates back to 1959, but the origins are more Basque in nature. At a particular bar, many of the patrons asked for ‘Agua de Bilbao‘. This was essentially a colloquial way of asking for the best Cava that the bar had. However, they craved something different and asked the barman to create something new and exciting. This was the Agua de Valencia. Cava is right at the heart of it, but beyond that it utilises the oranges for which Valencia is so famous. The end result is something quite delicious. Not simply you standard Bucks Fizz. Big, boozier and an all round treat.

Agua de Valencia is a powerful mix of cava, orange juice, vodka and gin. This makes it sound like a drink which will pack an intensely boozy punch, but it is more refreshing than anything. It is served ice-cold throughout Valencia and is a real delight on a post-Siesta sunny Spanish afternoon.

If you’re ever in Valencia, which is well worth a trip, be sure to try some of this local concoction. We think there’s nowhere better to sample this drink the Cafe de la Horas. The decor is part old world Parisian cafe and part British tea room.

From this 19th century building, they’ve been dishing out top draw Agua de Valencia for nearly 30 years. You can purchase it by the glass, but it’s better to get a jug of the good stuff. You’ll be presented with a refreshingly ice cold drink. The pulp is on the verge of becoming ice and nothing will hit the spot quite like this drink. Park yourself up on a chair outside and beat the Valencian heat in the best way possible.

Don’t miss out on this establishment if you are planning on visiting the wonderful city of Valencia.

That’s enough on the history of this tasty drink. Let’s take a look at how to make this brilliant boozy OJ below.

Ingredients for Agua de Valencia (serves 4)

  • 100 ml of dry London gin
  • 100 ml of vodka
  • 400 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 400 ml of sparkling wine
  • Garnish: Orange Rounds and Ice

How To Make Agua de Valencia

  1. Combine the gin, vodka, orange juice and rounds to a jug. Stir well.
  2. Fill a Copa Glass with ice and pour in the delicious liquid. Then, top it up with Cava.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Agua de Valencia is a great way to spice up a bottle of Cava. Enjoy with caution though!

Agua de Valencia
Agua de Valencia – Boozy, Refreshing, Delicious

Maybe this cocktail isn’t for you? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Read here for our some of our favourite Prosecco cocktails.

Maybe you want Champagne, instead of Cava & Prosecco. Read our guide for Champagne Cocktails here, for some more inspiration. You can also browse all of our recipes here.


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