Ranch water, best summer seltzer

Ranch Water is a traditional Texan cocktail that is refreshing, light and simple. It's a great alternative to sweet and heavy cocktails, and it's perfect for hot summer days or as a refreshing post-workout drink.

Ranch Water is a traditional Texan cocktail that is refreshing, light, and simple. It’s a great alternative to sweet and heavy cocktails, perfect for hot summer days or as a refreshing drink.

3 glasses of texas ranch water with two topo chico bottels on the back

What is ranch water?

Ranch water is a popular cocktail that originated in Texas. It is typically made with tequila, lime juice, and sparkling water and garnished with a lime wheel.

The origins of ranch water are uncertain, but it is believed to have originated in West Texas. Some say the drink was first made by cowboys working on ranches in the region, who wanted a refreshing and simple drink to quench their thirst while working under the hot sun. Others say it was first created in the late 1990s in the Texan city of Marfa.

3 empty glasses with topochico bottels and a small dish with salt

How to make Ranch water

The traditional recipe for Ranch Water is very simple and involves only three ingredients: Tequila (tequila blanco is best for this recipe), fresh lime juice, lime wedges or lime wheels, and Topo Chico. Fill the glass with ice. Add the tequila and lime juice to the glass. Top with sparkling water and add a pinch of salt. Stir gently and serve.





Ranch water variations

Some variations include ingredients such as triple sec, agave nectar, or simple syrup to add sweetness. It is usually served over ice in a highball glass.

Many variations have been created, using different types of tequila or adding ingredients such as grenadine or grapefruit juice.

How does ranch water taste?

Ranch water is often compared to Margarita and Paloma. Still, it is different because it uses sparkling water instead of soda, making it lighter and less sweet than other tequila-based cocktails. It is a low-calorie cocktail, as it does not contain added syrups or sweeteners like many other cocktails.

Finishing ranch water glass with mineral water

Is Topo chico a must for ranch water?

Topo Chico is a brand of sparkling mineral water often used to make ranch water, but it is not required. You can use any sparkling water you prefer, such as LaCroix, Perrier, or San Pellegrino.

Some people prefer the taste of Topo Chico because of its high mineral content and slight effervescence.

When is it served?

Ranch Water is a popular summer drink and is often served at parties and gatherings, as well as in bars and restaurants. It’s perfect for those who want to enjoy a refreshing, light cocktail without too many calories.

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Ranch water selzer

Alejandra Graf
Ranch Water is a traditional Texan cocktail that is refreshing, light and simple. It's a great alternative to sweet and heavy cocktails, and it's perfect for hot summer days or as a refreshing post-workout drink.
3.50 de 2 votos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 138 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 cocktail glassware

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz sparkling water
  • Salt

Instructions
 

  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add the tequila and lime juice to the glass.
  • Top with sparkling water. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Stir gently and serve.

Notes

You can adjust the proportions of the ingredients to taste and garnish with a lime wheel if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.5gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword tequila

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