The Story Behind The Ranch Water

Perfect to beat the arid West Texas heat, this one-time rancher staple has soared to nationwide popularity in recent years. While its composition is simple — just tequila, lime, and Topo Chico mineral water — by no means is this cocktail lacking in complexity. The über-effervescent water is the ideal partner for tequila, complementing its earthy, mineral notes while still allowing the spirit's character to shine. 

Some may be tempted to build this cocktail in a Collins glass. But Taylor Samuels, owner of Dallas’s Las Almas Rotas, prefers to enjoy Ranch Water exactly as those who inspired its recipe did. “It's so easy to just open a bottle of Topo Chico, pour a little bit out, and then replace those ounces with tequila (or mezcal) and lime,” he says. “It literally was a way for ranchers to have a happy hour.”

Enjoy an authentic rancher happy hour using Samuels’ recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 12-ounce bottle Topo Chico, chilled
  • 1 ½ ounces blanco tequila, such as Arette
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice

Directions

  1. Start by pouring out (or drinking) two ounces of the Topo Chico.
  2. Add the tequila then lime juice to the Topo Chico bottle.

Recipe Rating

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Yield: 1
Published: 2020-08-07

Ranch Water Recipe