La Valencia Cocktail Drink

La Valencia

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Make your gatherings shine with the La Valencia Cocktail recipe, where the ingredients come together for a drink that defines cocktail elegance.

La Valencia Cocktail Recipe

Start the party with our La Valencia cocktail recipe, blending Gin, apricot brandy, and a zest of orange juice for a refreshingly bright sip!

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

194 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin
  • ¾ oz apricot Brandy
  • ¾ oz dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Martini Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Your Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, pour 1 oz orange juice, ¾ oz dry Vermouth, ¾ oz apricot Brandy and 1½ oz Gin.
  • Shake Well: Ice up, seal your shaker and shake vigorously until the outside becomes frosty (about 15 seconds).
  • Prep Your Glass: Remove your martini glass from the freezer, or if you've used ice cubes, empty the glass.
  • Strain: Fine strain the cocktail mixture into your chilled glass, ensuring no ice slips in.
  • Garnish: Twist an orange peel over the drink to release oils, then drop it into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

From my own experience tinkering with cocktails, there's always room for a bit of experimentation.
  • Gin: If Gin's not your thing, try a smooth vodka. It lacks the botanicals of Gin, but it'll blend nicely with the other flavors without overpowering them.
  • Apricot Brandy: No apricot brandy? Peach liqueur can be a sweet, fruity substitute, though it's a tad sweeter than apricot.
  • Dry Vermouth: White wine can step in if you're out of dry vermouth. Opt for a dry one, and remember, it's less potent than vermouth, so the alcohol content drops a bit.

Making a Pitcher of La Valencia:

Scaling up is simple. For a pitcher serving 8:
  • 12 oz Gin
  • 6 oz Apricot Brandy
  • 6 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 8 oz Orange Juice
  • Mix in a large pitcher, stir it well, then refrigerate. When ready to serve, stir again, pour into individual chilled martini glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Mocktails can be as fun as the real thing!
  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin or seedlip for a similar flavor profile.
  • Apricot Brandy: Swap for non-alcoholic fruit syrup or a fruit-flavored herbal tea, cooled down.
  • Dry Vermouth: Replace with non-alcoholic white wine or white grape juice with a splash of lemon juice for some tang.
  • Combine as directed.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail should be vegan-friendly as written, but be mindful of a few things:
  • Alcohol: Some brands use animal products in processing. Double-check your labels to ensure each is genuinely vegan.
  • Orange Juice: Fresh is best for both taste and ethics. Prepackaged juices can contain additives or processing agents of animal origin.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
194
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Potassium
 
78
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
57
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
14
mg
17
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

La Valencia Cocktail Drink

La Valencia Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Start the party with our La Valencia cocktail recipe, blending Gin, apricot brandy, and a zest of orange juice for a refreshingly bright sip!
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 194

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin
  • ¾ oz apricot Brandy
  • ¾ oz dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz orange juice - freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Martini Glass

Instructions

  • Chill Your Glass: Place your martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice cubes to chill while you prepare the cocktail.
  • Combine Ingredients: In the cocktail shaker, pour 1 oz orange juice, ¾ oz dry Vermouth, ¾ oz apricot Brandy and 1½ oz Gin.
  • Shake Well: Ice up, seal your shaker and shake vigorously until the outside becomes frosty (about 15 seconds).
  • Prep Your Glass: Remove your martini glass from the freezer, or if you've used ice cubes, empty the glass.
  • Strain: Fine strain the cocktail mixture into your chilled glass, ensuring no ice slips in.
  • Garnish: Twist an orange peel over the drink to release oils, then drop it into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

From my own experience tinkering with cocktails, there's always room for a bit of experimentation.
  • Gin: If Gin's not your thing, try a smooth vodka. It lacks the botanicals of Gin, but it'll blend nicely with the other flavors without overpowering them.
  • Apricot Brandy: No apricot brandy? Peach liqueur can be a sweet, fruity substitute, though it's a tad sweeter than apricot.
  • Dry Vermouth: White wine can step in if you're out of dry vermouth. Opt for a dry one, and remember, it's less potent than vermouth, so the alcohol content drops a bit.

Making a Pitcher of La Valencia:

Scaling up is simple. For a pitcher serving 8:
  • 12 oz Gin
  • 6 oz Apricot Brandy
  • 6 oz Dry Vermouth
  • 8 oz Orange Juice
  • Mix in a large pitcher, stir it well, then refrigerate. When ready to serve, stir again, pour into individual chilled martini glasses, garnish, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Mocktails can be as fun as the real thing!
  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin or seedlip for a similar flavor profile.
  • Apricot Brandy: Swap for non-alcoholic fruit syrup or a fruit-flavored herbal tea, cooled down.
  • Dry Vermouth: Replace with non-alcoholic white wine or white grape juice with a splash of lemon juice for some tang.
  • Combine as directed.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail should be vegan-friendly as written, but be mindful of a few things:
  • Alcohol: Some brands use animal products in processing. Double-check your labels to ensure each is genuinely vegan.
  • Orange Juice: Fresh is best for both taste and ethics. Prepackaged juices can contain additives or processing agents of animal origin.

What is the La Valencia Cocktail?

A La Valencia Cocktail combines Gin, Apricot Brandy, and Vermouth, balanced by the citrusy zest of fresh orange juice. This cocktail’s origins remain mysterious, but its balanced blend of flavors speaks to a classic sophistication appreciated over the years. The name “La Valencia” might evoke images of sun-soaked Spanish coastlines, yet the drink’s universal appeal and refreshing taste have cemented its place in cocktails.

A side shot of a La Valencia cocktail in cocktail glass on a coaster placed on a white cloth on a tiled surface with four oranges and a plant around.

What is in the La Valencia Cocktail – The ingredients

Prepare these ingredients to make your La Valencia Cocktail:

  • Gin: Provides the foundational spirit of the cocktail, introducing a botanical complexity.
  • Apricot Brandy: Infuses the drink with a sweet, fruity depth, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Dry Vermouth: Offers a subtle herbal quality and dryness, balancing the sweetness from the brandy.
  • Orange Juice: Adds a citrusy zest, brightening the cocktail and tying the flavors together.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill and slightly dilute the mixture for a refreshing sip.
  • Orange twist (for garnish, optional): Contributes a fragrant citrus note and an elegant visual touch to the finished drink.

Gin, apricot Brandy, Dry Vermouth and two oranges laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a La Valencia Cocktail?

Join us in making your own La Valencia cocktail with our easy method:

1
<p>Start by chilling your martini glass, placing it in the freezer, or filling it with ice cubes to ensure your cocktail stays cool.</p>

Start by chilling your martini glass, placing it in the freezer, or filling it with ice cubes to ensure your cocktail stays cool.

2
<p>Pour the orange juice into the shaker.</p>

Pour the orange juice into the shaker.

3
<p>Pour the dry Vermouth into the shaker.</p>

Pour the dry Vermouth into the shaker.

4
<p>Add the apricot Brandy to the shaker.</p>

Add the apricot Brandy to the shaker.

5
<p>Incorporate the Gin into the shaker.</p>

Incorporate the Gin into the shaker.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes, providing the base for a chilled drink.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes, providing the base for a chilled drink.

7
<p>Seal your shaker and give it a vigorous shake for about 15 seconds, mixing the ingredients thoroughly until the exterior of the shaker develops a frosty appearance.</p>

Seal your shaker and give it a vigorous shake for about 15 seconds, mixing the ingredients thoroughly until the exterior of the shaker develops a frosty appearance.

8
<p>Remove your martini glass from the freezer or discard the ice cubes if you use this method to chill the glass.</p>

Remove your martini glass from the freezer or discard the ice cubes if you use this method to chill the glass.

9
<p>Fine strain the cocktail mixture from the shaker into your chilled glass, ensuring no ice pieces slip through, to maintain a smooth texture in the drink.</p>

Fine strain the cocktail mixture from the shaker into your chilled glass, ensuring no ice pieces slip through, to maintain a smooth texture in the drink.

10
<p>Garnish the cocktail by twisting an orange peel over the drink, releasing its oils.</p>

Garnish the cocktail by twisting an orange peel over the drink, releasing its oils.

11
<p>Then drop it into the glass, adding a fragrant citrus note and a touch of elegance.</p>

Then drop it into the glass, adding a fragrant citrus note and a touch of elegance.

12
<p>Enjoy your La Valencia cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your La Valencia cocktail!

Best Gin for La Valencia Cocktail

Opt for a traditional or London dry gin; their crisp, clean botanicals lay a perfect foundation without overshadowing the other flavors. Tanqueray, with its strong juniper essence and hints of spice, brings a classic robustness that stands up well to the sweetness of the apricot brandy. Beefeater, another viable contender, offers a more citrus-forward profile, its zesty notes complementing the orange juice beautifully. For a slightly upscale twist, Bombay Sapphire has a delicate balance of botanicals adds a sophisticated complexity that can elevate your La Valencia. But if you’re after the ideal middle ground — quality, cost, and flavor — you can’t go wrong with Gordon’s.

A La Valencia cocktail, shot form above, in a cocktail glass on a coaster placed on a striped white cloth on a tiled surface with an orange around.

History and Origins of the La Valencia Cocktail

The history and origin of the La Valencia cocktail remain enigmatic, with no definitive records of its first creation or the individual who might have invented it. However, the cocktail draws its name from Valencia in Spain, known for its oranges, suggesting a possible geographical connection to this ingredient’s presence in the drink.

Gin, apricot brandy, and vermouth use likely began in the early 20th century, when bartenders experimented with various spirits and flavors. This period saw the rise of many gin-based cocktails, and La Valencia fits well within this era, mirroring the creativity and exploration in mixology that defined the times.

A La Valencia cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on white marmol table surrounded by a Gin bottle, an apricot Brandy bottle, a dry Vermouth bottle and two oranges.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a La Valencia Cocktail?
A typical serving contains approximately 180-200 calories, depending on the exact measurements and specific brands of alcohol used.
What is the strength of a La Valencia Cocktail?
The alcohol by volume (ABV) of a La Valencia Cocktail is around 25-30%, depending on the proportions and alcohol content of the specific ingredients used, translating to about 50-60 proof.
What type of alcohol is in a La Valencia Cocktail?
A La Valencia Cocktail traditionally includes Gin, apricot brandy, and dry vermouth.
What does a La Valencia Cocktail taste like?
The La Valencia offers a harmonious blend of botanical, sweet, and citrus notes with a slightly dry finish, thanks to the combination of Gin, apricot brandy, vermouth, and orange juice.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a La Valencia Cocktail?
The classic ratio for is 1½ oz Gin, ¾ oz Apricot Brandy, ¾ oz Dry Vermouth, and 1 oz Orange Juice.
How is a La Valencia Cocktail typically served in terms of ice?
The Cocktail is usually shaken with ice and then strained into a chilled glass, meaning it's served "up" without additional ice.
In which glass is a La Valencia Cocktail typically served?
This cocktail is commonly served in a martini or coupe glass, emphasizing its elegance and sophistication.

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