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The “Agua de Valencia”

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This striking orange colored cocktail made with cava or champagne was created in Spain in 1959 by Constante Gil. The Basque tourists often ordered the best cava available, calling it ?Agua de Bilbao? (Bilbao water) and in reaction to this, Gil decided to serve his own cocktail called Agua de Valencia (Valencia water).

The ?Agua de Valencia? is served both at home with friends and in bars, and comes usually in a jar, ideal for sharing.

Ingredients:

  • ½ liter of orange juice
  • ½ liter of cava or champagne
  • 60ml of Gin
  • 60ml of Vodka
  • Sugar
  • Oranges

Preparation:

  1. Step 1: In a jar with a capacity of a little over a liter proceed to pour ½ liter of orange juice, and the additional oranges.
  2. Step 2: Now add 60 ml of gin and 60ml of vodka
  3. Step 3: Now add to the mix 3 tablespoons of sugar and mix with a long-handled spoon until completely dissolved.
  4. Step 4: Finally add the ½ liter of champagne or cava and mix gently to avoid losing its fantastic bubbles.

You can add some ice to the jar to preserve freshness and decorate with a slice of orange, to make it more enticing to the eyes of your guests.

As with any cocktail, the recommended quantities are an initial guide that will allow you to play around to find your ideal point. Some daring people add some Cointreau to their preparation: it’s a matter of testing and evaluating according to your taste.

Do you want 2 sparkling wines to make a great Agua de Valencia? Here are our suggestions for today:

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Aperitivo hour: the latest trend in the UK

 TAGS:In the UK any excuse is perfect for socializing. The aperitivo hour fashion has come strongly to pubs and cafes that let themselves and their customers get inspired by one of the best moments of the Mediterranean culture. If Bridget Jones would had known this, she would have sung a different story.

Spain and Italy, both are pioneers in this healthy tradition that is actually the after work precursor but at a different time. It consists in going out for a drink before lunch time. Generally it is a beer or a wine accompanied by a small tapa. In the most chic version it is a cocktail and some canapés, while the most traditional side comes out when you ask for a vermouth and a plate of olives. But what, how and where they are not important, the main thing here is that it really becomes a meeting point, a place in time to relax and to unwind in the middle of the day.

Meet friends, family or, more common, approach with co-workers to the nearest bar and take a round or two, if the schedule permits, is the essence of the aperitivo hour. Those who are more fortunate can prolong it until after work and as if it is their lucky day, perhaps it can lead them straight to the happy hour. It cannot get any better.

Campari is the most demanded drink in these aperitivos but the cava is not far behind and it is order both to be drunk alone or together with something else, in a costume made long drink. Along these lines I would like to recommend to ask for the famous “Agua de Valencia” made with a mixture of cava, gin, vodka and orange juice.

The only disadvantage to the aperitivo hour if you enjoy it with grace and elegance is that after it no one is really able to get back to work. Writing those emails, billing, reviewing the project or contacting some customers seems way too uphill. The truth is that you can really relax in those twenty minutes in the middle of the day, but of course, you have to see the positive side and assess how beneficial it is for health and social relations.

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When the heat comes, is the wine over?

 TAGS:I disagree with the statement “when the heat comes, buy wine is over.” It is true that beer is a tough opponent for the grape juice in the coming months, especially when taking a walk we found that almost all the terraces we see in our way look like scenes of a beer commercial.

But we do not have to be alarmed because there are solutions to continue enjoying our favorite wines in and summer, of course! When temperatures rise, drinking a thick, dense, dark, powerful red wine may be our last wish… we feel like for something cooler. No problem, we can order a white wine, for instance a Riesling, a Sauvignon Blanc, an Albariño … mmmmhhhhhh! It has to be served chilled in a glass ad hoc and it will leave us with a colorful sensation: freshness, fruit and flowers notes, aroma … beers cannot be compared with this.

We can also take advantage of the high temperatures arrival to vary a bit and try some rosé wines, which seems to be forgotten by us during the year. Protos Rosado 2011, Marqués de Riscal or Enate, three Spanish figures that can compete with other rosés such as an Italian Lambrusco de Emilia, an Australian as the Massena Rosé 2007 or a French one like Tavel Les Eglantiers 2009.

We cannot miss the sparkling wines in this classification. These wines are usually perfect for long warm afternoons, for those who do not want to end the after – lunch and for snacks with a touch of chic.

People who like to experiment and are not afraid of the mixtures can opt for cocktails including wine in his compositions. The spanish Sangría is perhaps the most famous and exported one, but the Rebujito (dry sherry with some sort of soda like 7Up or Sprite), the Agua de Valencia (Cava, gin, vodka, orange juice and sugar) or the Tinto de Verano (red wine and soda) can compare favorably with it in this mediterranean country. A little less glamorous are Calimotxo (wine and coke) and Zurracapote (red or rosé wine with lemons, oranges, sugar, cinnamon and some berry liquor), which every youngster has ever tried.

In any case, we can always find a good time to enjoy our favorite red wine at a barbecue, a nice dinner or just because during the afternoon or after dinner. In addition, we can always choose young red wines that can be served a bit extra chilled and seem to fancy a little more. This is the perfect opportunity to discover new promising wines and start finding those wines which will be our next favorite for next winter or the coming years.

Anyway, if you don’t like wine in summer, we can suggest you a few options:

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