Ranch Water Reimagined

Topo Chico Ranch water reimagined

The original Ranch Water recipe has recently seen a surge in popularity outside of its native Texas. The original recipe, for those that don’t know, is simply tequila, lime juice, and Topo Chico seltzer water. However, I was recently at the store and saw the new Topo Chico hard seltzer variety pack (I swear this isn’t a paid advertisement) and was inspired to make a little bit of an upscaled cocktail version of Ranch Water.

Now, originally the tequila used is a blanco. After all, the final drink is supposed to look like, well, water. However as I am using a hard seltzer anyways, I decided the color doesn’t matter so much. Enter, a drink that looks more like ginger beer than water.

Ranch Water Reimagined Ingredients

ranch water reimagined ingredients

50 ml Tequila. I used an Anejo I picked up on a trip to Mexico, but you can use whatever type you prefer.

20 ml Lime Juice, freshly squeezed.

4-5 dashes Orange Bitters

80 ml Topo Chico Hard Seltzer Exotic Pineapple. There are other flavors so feel free to mix and match and try new things!

15 ml Agave Syrup, to balance the sweetness.

Making The Cocktail

In a Collin’s glass fill with ice cubes. Then pour in the tequila, lime juice, bitters, and syrup. Give a stir and top up with the hard seltzer. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel and enjoy poolside for maximum effect. Or a ranch, but I guess that’s less relaxing albeit more authentic.

Ranch Water Notes

  • Remember, this is my cocktail version of the original Ranch Water, which in my opinion is more of just a mixed drink. If you’re following this recipe, don’t expect the generic version.
  • The agave syrup is optional. I like it because every ingredient sans lime juice is alcoholic, so the sweetness balances the alcohol.
Ranch Water Reimagined

Ranch Water Reimagined

A cocktail version of the ever popular Texas staple
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American, Texan
Keyword: Cocktails, Ranch Water, Topo Chico
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 189kcal
Cost: $3


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  • 50 ml Tequila I used Anejo but feel free to use your favorite
  • 20 ml Lime Juice freshly squeezed
  • 5 dashes Orange Bitters
  • 70 ml Topo Chico Hard Seltzer Exotic Pineapple
  • 15 ml Agave Syrup


  • Fill a Collin's glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in the tequila, lime juice, bitters, and syrup and give a stir. Top with the hard seltzer.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!


Sodium: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Vitamin C: 9mg | Vitamin A: 10IU | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 26mg | Calories: 189kcal | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 15g | Iron: 1mg
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Ranch Water Reimagined

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