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Get Drunk in Valencia

October 1, 2006

just got from a weekend trip to Valencia, Spain. I had a great time: beautiful city, nice weather, friendly locals, and of course great food and drinks at reasonable prices.

Agua de Valencia which we had at a bar in the old city area. A concoction of freshly squeezed orange juice with sparkling wine or champagne and spirits – Cointreau or gin or vodka or all three of them. Served very cold with ice – very nice!

Try at home !

Agua de Valencia

250 ml sparkling wine (Champagne or Cava) – well chilled
750 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
80 ml spirit (Cointreau or vodka or gin)
2 Tbsp sugar (brown or white)
ice cubes

Combine orange juice, spirit, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add in the sparkling wine. Mix.
Add ice cubes. Serve.

This one is not Valencian but Brazilian. Caipirinha (kai-pi-rin-ya). I could imagine this is perfect on a hot day in the beach. My Favorite Drink ….

caipirinha

1 lime – quartered

1 tbsp sugar (brown or white)

30 ml of cachaca (or vodka or white rum)

ice cubes with water

Put sugar in an old style glass (also called mixer) – it’s a low, round, wide mouthed glass.
Add the quartered lime. Using the handle of a wooden spoon or a wooden pestle, mash the lime in the glass just enough to release the juice. Do not mash too much or it will taste bitter.
Mix in the cachaca and stir.
Add the ice cubes and enough water to fill the glass. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve.

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