Texas Ranch Water

Texas ranch water is a refreshing 3-ingredient cocktail recipe. Ranch water is simply the easiest tequila cocktail you can make at home.  This ranch water recipe is what is in the original cocktail and nothing like what comes in most store-bought canned drinks that are just not quite the same. For the best Texas Ranch Water drink, try this quick & easy recipe that you can enjoy in no time at all. 

Ranch water is believed to have originated in West Texas with ranchers in the 1960s.  Think of ranch water as the smooth straightforward cousin of a margarita. It is a simple but refreshing drink to beat the heat that has gained popularity across all the states in recent years.  This is for good reason too, since ranch water is cool, light, bubbly, and refreshing.    Plus it is a tasty tequila drink that is low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free.

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Texas Ranch Water PN1 two glasses fillled ready to drink with floating lime slices and lime slices on the table with a green cloth napkin



Texas Ranch Water Ingredients

For a traditional ranch water beverage, you only need 3 simple ingredients.  The important part of this cocktail recipe is to make sure you have fresh quality ingredients.  You will want to use fresh lime juice, 100% agave tequila Blanco, and mineral water.  There are no substitutes for these ingredients. 

The Topo Chico mineral water is a key ingredient in making a ranch water cocktail. The Topo Chico is essential as it offers an earthy mineral flavor with a lot of carbonation. Do not use any old Selzer or a lime-lime soda, that is not what this drink is.  To find out why, read about Ranch Water – Origin of the Name. 


Texas Ranch Water ingredients vodka mineral water and lime


The Best Tequila for Ranch Water

As mentioned, for ranch water you want to use a tequila Blanco.  It is best to use 100% agave tequila when making a Texas ranch water cocktail.   You do not need a top-shelf or high-priced tequila for ranch water.  This is not a sophisticated cocktail or needs a tequila you would sip straight. 

Use your favorite unaged tequila and it will turn out perfect.  You can use a tequila reposado (aged tequila) if you have it but it will give a different flavor that is not as crisp and refreshing as a Blanco would. I find that Casamigos Blanco is a great go-to tequila when making ranch water and how it was first introduced to me by my neighbors. So I continue to go with what works. 


Texas Ranch Water tequila shot poured and sliced limes with Casamigos tequila bottle in the background


How to Make a Ranch Water Cocktail

The art of making any cocktail is to make sure it is chilled and you have all the best ingredients.  To make ranch water, gather your ingredients and equipment.  You will want 2 high ball glasses for this cocktail recipe.  Straws are optional but we like them.  For ranch water, prep the limes by cutting half of one in slices for garnish, and the rest of the lime will be squeezed to use the juice.  Here is how to make 2 Texas Ranch Water cocktails – 

  • Fill two high ball glasses halfway with ice cubes
  • Add 2 shots (3 oz) of tequila in each glass 
  • Divide the lime juice and pour half in each glass
  • Fill each glass with Topo Chico (about 1/2 the bottle each)
  • Add a straw and stir gently
  • Garnish with lime slices


Texas Ranch Water 2 glasses filled with ice and otehr ingredients including sliced limes tequila and mineral water


Ranch Water the Low-Carb/Keto Cocktail

Ranch water cocktail is the ideal drink for those on a low-carb or ketogenic diet. Think of this as a sugar-free simple lime margarita on the rocks.  There is no simple syrup or orange liqueur in this recipe but for those that love a classic margarita, ranch water is the best keto tequila cocktail. 

Since the recipe includes mineral water, lime juice, and tequila the carbs in ranch water are very low. There are less than 4 carbs in each ranch water per the recipe here.   I love this classic recipe but if you do want to mix it up a bit, you can make some recipe additions. Some great add-ons include a splash of juice from pickled jalapenos for spicy ranch water or a splash of grapefruit juice. 


Texas Ranch Water ready to drink with tequila and topo chico in the background


What to Serve with Ranch Water

For some fun appetizers or other cocktails to serve with ranch water, check out these other wonderful recipes. 

Watermelon Pico de Gallo (salsa)
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Check out this recipe
watermelon pico de gallo
Shishito Peppers with Cream Cheese & Bacon
Shishito Peppers are a mild pepper blistered in a pan and then tossed with cream cheese and bacon.
Check out this recipe
Shishito Peppers with Cream Cheese & Bacon
Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
A refreshing and spicy twist on a Moscow Mule that includes jalapenos and basil. A wonderful vodka cocktail that is an easy recipe and a crowd-pleaser.
Check out this recipe
Spicy Jalapeno Basil Moscow Mule
A gorgeous colorful cocktail with tequila, citrus juices, and grenadine.
Check out this recipe
Tequila Sunrise Cocktail



Texas Ranch Water overhead ready to drink with green straws and lime slices on the glass rim





Texas Ranch Water PIN two glasses ready to drink with straws and lime slices




Texas Ranch Water PINREDO overhead shot of two glasses with lime slices floating atop of the filled glasses ready to drink



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Texas Ranch Water

Texas ranch water is a refreshing 3-ingredient cocktail recipe. Ranch water is simply the easiest tequila cocktail you can make at home. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 4 shots tequila Blanco
  • 2-3 limes
  • 1 Topo Chico Mineral Water
  • ice


  • Fill two high ball glasses halfway with ice cubes.
  • Add 2 shots (3 oz) of tequila in each glass.
  • Slice each lime in half. Cut 2 slices of lime to reserve as garnish. Juice the rest of the limes. You will want about 1.5oz of lime juice per drink.
    Divide the lime juice and pour half in each glass
  • Fill each glass with Topo Chico (about 1/2 the bottle each)
  • Add a straw and stir gently. Garnish with lime slices.
  • Enjoy


It is hard to find the carbs/calories in Casamigos so I am using information from myfitnesspal to come up with these totals. For more info, try out CASAMIGOS directly. 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving  
Calories 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 56mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3.7g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Total Sugars 0.7g  
Protein 0.2g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 51mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword 3-ingredient, adult, alcohol, beverage, citrus, cocktail, drink, party, summer, tequila


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