Ranch Water is a cool and refreshing cocktail made with just 3 ingredients! This easy to make Texas bar staple has been around for years and is only getting more popular with time. After just one icy, bubbly sip, it won’t be hard to see why!

Three glasses of ranch water are plaved on a placemat.

Ranch Water

Is it summer already?! Well, not quite… But it’s really just around the corner. While I’m honestly a pretty big fan of all the seasons, spring and summer have a pretty near and dear place in my heart.

Why? Because that’s when I get to shake and stir up all of my favorite cocktail recipes! Ranch Water has always been one of my favorites to make because it calls for just three simple ingredients.

Blanco tequila, Topo Chico mineral water, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice is all you need to make this seriously satisfying cocktail. It’s refreshing because unlike so many other summery cocktails, it’s not overly sweetened with a ton of sugar.

It’s bubbly from the mineral water, which also works in tandem with the tangy lime juice to both compliment and tame the taste of the tequila.

If you’re hosting the next summer soiree, consider making Ranch Water your complimentary cocktail of choice! You won’t have to worry about measuring a ton of ingredients, muddling anything fresh, or dirtying up a shaker. It all just gets poured into a glass over ice and served!

When you serve Ranch Water to your guests, you can still enjoy the party (and serve something incredible) without working yourself like crazy.

Mineral water is being poured into a glass.

How to Make Ranch Water

Pour. Squeeze. Sip. Repeat!

  1. Divide. Divide ice between two glasses, then measure and pour the tequila over the ice.
  2. Make it tangy. Squeeze the lime juice into both glasses.
  3. Top it off. Pour your Topo Chico into both glasses to fill them up. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired. Cheers!
Two glasses are filled with ranch water and ice.

Can I make Ranch Water ahead of time?

Here’s the issue with making any cocktails with carbonation (those lovely bubbles that make this drink so refreshing)… You can’t really make them ahead of time. Once the Topo Chico is poured, you only have a very short period of time before it’s no longer bubbly and just tastes like flat water. It’s always best to serve Ranch Water right away! Luckily, it really only takes a matter of moments to make one of these bad boys, so you won’t be stressing.

What can I add to Ranch Water?

The possibilities here are bountiful! For starters, you can always play around with the garnishes. While I prefer a simple lime wedge, you can get creative with oranges, grapefruit, or even spicy jalapeño slices! You can also always add orange or grapefruit juices to the drink to add a more fruity flair without creating sweetness that would take away from what we love about Ranch Water.

What kind of alcohol is in Ranch Water?

Blanco tequila is what should be used in Ranch Water. What does that mean? White tequila, of course! This dressed down Texas margarita should be made with the purest form of tequila, which is blanco (also sometimes referred to as “silver”) tequila. Any brand will work well.

While you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a top shelf option, I do recommend staying away from the super cheap stuff… The headache the next day just isn’t worth it! A middle of the road blanco tequila works fabulously with this simple cocktail recipe.

Limes are used as garnishes on the rims of several glasses.

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… Well, you know how it goes!

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Limes are used as garnishes on the rims of several glasses.

Get the Recipe: Ranch Water Recipe

Refreshing and easy Ranch Water is a classic summer drink you can whip up in seconds.
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  • 3 ounces Blanco tequila, divided
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 8 ounces Topo Chico mineral water

For garnish

  • Lime wheels


  • 2 highball glasses


  • Divide tequila between two glasses.
  • Squeeze lime
  • Top with water over ice


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Calories: 108kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 17IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 0.2mg