Start by making fresh-squeezed orange juice (if you can find Valencia oranges, all the better). It may be a bit labor intensive, but trust me, you will taste the difference! Fresh-squeezed orange juice has a much lighter, fresher taste that will make your Agua de Valencia super refreshing. In Spain, many grocery stores have orange juice machines where you can simply press a button to get a liter of Valencia’s famous orange juice. Taste your orange juice and take note of its sweetness. If its on the bitter side, you may need to add some sugar.
Pour all the liquid ingredients in your pitcher. Mix together and taste. If you used a bitter cava or type of champagne, this will also affect how much sugar needs to be added. Agua de Valencia is not meant to be a super sugary drink, but it isn’t meant to be bitter either!
Grab a couple of large wine glasses and pour your fresh Spanish cocktail over ice. Chop a few orange slices and add them as a garnish. Clink your glasses, say “¡Salud!” and enjoy!