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Ranch Water

Ranch Water is a crisp Texan classic merging tequila, lime, and soda, delivering a taste of the Southwest in every sip. This popular drink has its roots in Texas and is made with just a few simple ingredients. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants a light and refreshing beverage that’s perfect for hot summer days.

a ranch water cocktail made using the best recipe

While the basic recipe is simple, there are many variations of Ranch Water that you can try. Some people like to use different types of tequila or add other flavors like grapefruit or jalapeno. Whether you’re looking for a classic Ranch Water or something a bit more adventurous, there’s sure to be a recipe out there that suits your tastes.


Ranch water is a refreshing cocktail that has its roots in Texas. While the exact origin of the drink is not known, there are a few stories that are commonly told.

Ranch Water cocktail garnish with Lime wheel

One story attributes the creation of ranch water to Kevin Williamson, an Austin restaurant owner who drank a similar mixture as a young man. Another tale claims that a wild-haired rancher in Fort Davis created the drink in the 1960s.

Regardless of its origins, ranch water has become a popular drink in Texas and beyond. It is typically made with tequila, lime juice, and carbonated mineral water such as Topo Chico. The drink is a refreshing way to beat the heat, and it has become a staple at many Texas bars and restaurants.

Over time, ranch water has evolved, and there are now many variations of the drink. Some people add other ingredients such as grapefruit juice or agave nectar to give the drink a unique flavor. However, the basic recipe remains the same, and ranch water continues to be a popular drink that is enjoyed by many.

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How to Make It

a ranch water cocktail made using the best recipe

Ranch Water Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

To make Ranch Water, you will need a few simple ingredients and tools.

Here's what you'll need:


  • Blanco tequila
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Sparkling water (preferably Topo Chico)


  1. Fill a highball glass about two-thirds full with ice.
  2. Pour in one shot (1.5 oz) of blanco tequila.
  3. Squeeze half of a lime into the glass.
  4. Top off the glass with sparkling water, leaving some room for bubbles.

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Ranch Water is a refreshing and simple cocktail that can be easily customized to suit your tastes. Here are a few variations to try:

Spicy Ranch Water

Add a slice of jalapeño to the cocktail for a bit of spice. If you prefer a milder heat, remove the seeds before adding the jalapeño.

Grapefruit Ranch Water

Give it a fruity flavor with 1 ounce of fresh grapefruit juice. This variation is perfect for those who prefer a sweeter cocktail.

Lemon Ranch Water

Swap out the lime for fresh lemon juice. This variation has a slightly different flavor profile but is still just as refreshing.

Cucumber Ranch Water

Muddle a few slices of cucumber in the bottom of the glass before adding the tequila and lime. Top with Topo Chico for a refreshing and crisp cocktail.

Watermelon Ranch Water

Add a splash of fresh watermelon juice to the cocktail for a sweet and summery twist. This variation is perfect for hot summer days.

Ranch Water
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