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How To Make Ranch Water Cocktail

I recently discovered this refreshing low calorie Ranch Water Cocktail. Previously I didn’t have a clue what Ranch Water was and what all the fuss was about. However, after one sip, I quickly learned to make this easy Ranch Water Recipe and thought I’d serve it for my next Supper Club Dinner Party. See the full menu and recipes for the Country Garden Dinner Party here.

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Ranch Water Cocktail What The Heck Is It?

First, I’m the first to say the name threw me too! I told my daughter I’d discovered a yummy new cocktail call Ranch Water and she turned her nose up.

However after explaining the ingredients, she decided that it might not be so bad.

Ranch Water cocktail is made from 3 easy ingredients.

  • Tequila
  • Lime Juice
  • Sparkling Mineral Water (Topo Chico)
  • Tajin or Salt (optional)
Bar set up with tequila, topo chico, limes, tajin seasoning and cocktail glasses.

Why Do They Call It Ranch Water?

Well most everyone agrees that Ranch Water started in Texas and derived it’s name because it was the drink of choice for Ranchers in the 1960’s.

In more recent years the cocktail has spread to more urban areas and is a hot trend in most bars today.

Why Are Ranch Water Recipes a Hot Trend in Cocktails Now?

One sip and I was immediately a fan, however here are a few reason it’s gained in popularity.

  • Easy to Make
  • Refreshing without all the sugar
  • Low Calorie
  • Tastes great
  • It’s like a Margarita Light
Frosty and refreshing summer cocktail - Ranch Water delicious summer recipe.

How To Make Ranch Water

First, let’s gather your supplies beginning with the tequila. I personally recommend Casamigos, however any good quality tequila works.

In addition, you need lime juice. This can be bottled or fresh squeezed. I have used both and fresh is best. However, the cost of fresh limes has encouraged me to mix a little of both and that works great.

Next, the sparkling mineral water most people choose is Topo Chico, hands down. I prefer it because it’s bottled and more sparkling than other brands.

Finally the best part, in my opinion, is the rim. I use Tajin and no straw for me because the Tajin adds so much to the cocktail. However, tastes differ and some like a salt rim or no rim at all.

Note: The seasoned rim is optional and when added, the sodium content as well as calories increase. If you are drinking this cocktail as a low calorie option, you may want to skip the rim.

Ranch Water Cocktail Recipe with Tajin Seasoning Rim and lime slice to garnish.
Cocktail Glass with Tajin Rim

How Do You Add A Season Rim To A Cocktail Glass?

Begin with a clean cocktail glass and a slice of citrus such as lime, lemon or orange.

Fold the citrus slice around the rim of the glass and circle the rim with the juice until it is wet.

See How to wet your cocktail glass rim to add a salt rim or seasoning rim to your glass.  Tajin seasoning for cocktail rim.

Next, pour your tajin season into a small plate and press the rim of the glass into the seasoning.

Rim cocktail glass with tajin or salt for a delicious tasting Ranch Water Recipe.

Mixing the Ranch Water Cocktail

Fill your rimmed glass with ice and add 1-2 jiggers of Tequila. The amount of Tequila is a preference as well as the Tequila Brand.

Add premium tequila for a refreshing party cocktail.  Summer Party Drinks

Add approx. 1/2 jigger of lime juice and then fill with Topo Chico to the top of the glass.

Pour Sparkling Mineral Water to fill the cocktail glass for make a Ranch Water Cocktail. Refreshing Summer Cocktails

Add a slice of lime to the rim and Cheers.

Disclaimer: To be consumed in moderation and must be of legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.

Cheers! Easy Ranch Water Recipe for low calorie cocktail party recipes.  Refreshing Cocktail for summer parties.

If you prefer a sweet cocktail, you will love this Frozen Peach Mojito Recipe I shared for the Outdoor Supper Club Dinner Party on the Pier.

Ranch Water Recipe

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Easy Ranch Water Recipe

Easy Ranch Water Recipe

Easy to make, low calorie, Ranch Water Cocktail Recipe

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1-2 Jiggers of Tequila
  • 1/2 jigger lime juice
  • Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Tajin or Salt for Rim Seasoning
  • Lime for Garnish


  1. Wet Rim of Cocktail Glass with Lime Slice (optional)
  2. Add seasoning to the rim by pressing the citrus rimmed glass into the tajin or salt (optional)
  3. Fill Glass with Ice
  4. Add tequila
  5. Add Lime juice
  6. Fill Glass with Sparkling Mineral Water
  7. Garnish with Lime Slice


Seasoning the rim of your cocktail glass is optional and will increase the sodium and calories. Nutritional Information Does Not Include Optional Seasoned Rim.

Any premium Tequila can be used however Casamigo is my preference.

You can use either bottled lime juice of fresh squeezed. I sometimes mix the two together due to the cost of fresh limes at this time.

Any sparkling mineral water will work, however Topo Chico is preferred due to its extra sparkling quality.

Disclaimer: To be consumed in moderation and must be of legal age to consume alcoholic beverages.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 80Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSugar 2g

Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I include basic calorie and nutrition information for recipes as a courtesy. However, due to wide variations in brands, nutrition data is subject to change for every user. Nutrition data is calculated using Calorie Counter App and information is entered as accurately as possible. We subtract all sugar alcohols from erythritol and xylitol from the final carb count because that is how THM calculates carbs.

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I hope you enjoy this refreshing recipe. I’ll be serving these cocktails at this weeks Country Garden Party Supper Club. Be sure to check back to see the full set up on Thursday and all the recipes on Saturday.

What is Ranch Water?  Tequila, Lime Juice, Mineral Water for a low calorie cocktail in summer.

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Friday 27th of January 2023

Hi Rachel Sharing the Ranch Water recipe on Saturday at Everyday Edits on the Weekend Edit! It's a favorite here in Colorado


Monday 30th of January 2023

Laura, I really appreciate this.

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Friday 2nd of September 2022

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Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Monday 29th of August 2022

Rachel, made these tonight! I love it! This will be my go to drink…nice and refreshing without all the sugar. Thanks for sharing.


Monday 29th of August 2022

Mary, I'm so glad you liked this recipe. I love it.


Saturday 27th of August 2022

This looks so refreshing and delicious! Can't wait to try it!


Monday 29th of August 2022

It's so good. Thanks.

Anne from Simply2Moms

Saturday 27th of August 2022

I first heard of ranch water on an HGTV show and have been hooked ever since! I can't wait to try it with a tajin rim, though. That sounds like a fun upgrade!


Monday 29th of August 2022

The rim makes it. However, lots of sodium.

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