The three drinks you have to try when you visit Valencia

Although Valencia is internationally recognized for its Mediterranean cuisine, specifically its paella (here are our suggestions: Where to get: The best paella in Valencia) there are several beverages that have made this wonderful city famous for its uniqueness or its name, such as Agua de València and horchata.

Therefore, we would like to tell you about the three most famous drinks in the city and where you could try them to feel like an authentic Valencian.

Agua de València

One of the most refreshing Spanish beverages is Agua de València, popular among foreigners along with sangria.

As a curious fact, Valencian writer and journalist Maria Ángeles Arazo recounts in her book “Valencia Noche” that this cocktail was invented in the 1960s at Cervecería Madrid de València. Due to its fame, it became a common meeting place for locals and visitors. It was only around the 1970s that this drink became very popular and was proclaimed the quintessential cocktail of Valencian nightlife.

Like paella, Agua de València also has a simple recipe that must be followed to maintain its flavor. If you want to try making it at home, maintain these proportions: 33% fresh orange juice, 16% gin, another 16% vodka, and finally 33% prosecco or champagne. Mix everything and let it cool for a few hours in the fridge. Sugar is an optional ingredient depending on individual taste.

If you want to try it where it was invented, we recommend El Café Madrid (C/ Abadia de Sant Martí, 10).

Horchata

There is only one drink that characterizes the fields of Valencia and is also the main local remedy during the summer heat: horchata. This beverage, originating from the city of Alboraya, very close to València, is composed of water, sugar, and “chufa,” small brown tubers that are the main crop of the area.

Unlike Agua de València or other local beverages, the origin of horchata is a bit ambiguous. While there are scientific studies dating back to the 12th century, some experts assure that this drink was already known in Roman times.

Therefore, if a visitor wants to try good horchata, we recommend visiting the city of Alboraya, just 5 minutes from Valencia, and exploring one of its famous horchateries. Personally, our recommendation would be to visit Horchateria Vida (Partida de Saboia, 6, Alboraia, Valencia), one of the most traditional ones today.

Cazalla

Although the name of this alcoholic beverage does not come from the Valencian Community, as it is named after the Sevillian town of origin, Cazalla de la Sierra, this variety of anise has become a classic in distilleries of Alicante and Valencia and at local festivals. It is rare to see a “casal fallero” without a bottle of Cerveró or Ferri, the two most famous brands.

It is usually served with water, commonly known as a “palometa,” and magically changes from transparent to white when mixed.

Regarding a place to try this drink, although any bar will serve it without any problem, we recommend El Café de las Horas (C/ Conde Almodóvar, 1) for its decoration and French origins like the anise.

Creamet

Last but not least is the famous Cremaet, which must absolutely be accompanied by a good almuerzo. Here are our favorite places: 4 new places where almorzar in Valencia, one of the most famous Spanish traditions.

The preparation is simple and requires precision, and above all, the secret ingredient… love! The alcoholic content is mitigated by sugar or honey, some roasted coffee beans, cinnamon sticks, and lemon (or orange) zest. The delicate mixture is flambéed to reduce the alcohol content and make it more flavorful and enjoyable. It is served in a glass or terracotta shot glass, adding the equivalent of a good and traditional espresso. Needless to say, you can find it in any bar in the city!

What are you waiting for? Try these typical Valencian drinks and immerse yourself in the culture and tradition of the city, feel like a true Valencian!

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