Tequila is a staple in our house. My husband loves collecting (drinking) all different types of Tequila so it’s something we always have on hand. This Tajin Ranch Water has become a favorite of ours, is so easy to make and the perfect refreshing cocktial for a hot day.
As most Dallasites do, we really love going out for cocktails on a good local patio. There is nothing better than sipping on an ice cold beverage outside on a perfect “patio weather” day and since Dallas weather can be a little schizophrenic, even in “winter” we get them from time to time. It’s pretty typical to have a week where the temperatures dip into the 30’s and then the next day it’s sunny and 80 degrees. Everyone in the city flocks to their favorite Mexican restaurant or favorite bar and indulges in patio cocktails. Since we now do quite a bit more at home patio-ing with two kiddos I love creating my own version of our favorite drinks. This tequila cocktail is perfect for patio weather and SO easy to make. All of the ingredients are things we typically have on hand so this has become a go to.
My family in West Texas would probably argue that Ranch Water is not a new thing, but I will say I think it is really having a moment. Everywhere we go I see people ordering this simple, crisp and refreshing Tequila cocktail. It’s very low calorie and filled with carbonated water so you are essentially hydrating as you’re boozing, a win-win in my book! I’ve spiced it up a bit and paired it with a tangy Tajin rimmed cocktail glass and added a tiny dash of agave nectar to balance out the fresh lime juice.
All you need to make it is a decent bottle of Tequila, Topo Chico, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and Tajin salt seasoning. Start by rubbing a little agave nectar around the rim of your glass and dipping it in Tajin to evenly coat the rim. Fill your glass with ice, pour in the lime juice, tequila and agave nectar and give it a little stir. Then top the remainder of the glass off with Topo Chico and it’s as simple as that!
You can skip the agave nectar if you are avoiding any added sweeteners but I do think it helps to balance out all of the flavors of this drink. Tajin is a favorite seasoning of mine for things like cucumber and fresh fruit and I really think it makes this Ranch Water recipe stand out.
Entertaining Tip: If you’re making these for a crowd you can prep all of the glasses with the Tajin rim, pour the lime juice, tequila and agave into the bottom of each of the glasses and then when your guests are ready for a cocktail fill the glass with ice and Topo Chico. I wouldn’t suggest pre-mixing all the ingredients as the Topo will get flat as it sits over time.
Entertaining Tip: For a really fun way to serve these for a party you can use empty Topo Chico bottles as your glass for the cocktail. You’ll need to pour out the Topo Chico into a pitcher and put it in the fridge to stay cold. Then rim each bottle with agave nectar and Tajin. Multiply the recipe by however many cocktails you are making. Mix the lime juice, tequila and agave in a separate pitcher with ice to chill and blend all the flavors. Then use a funnel to pour about 2.5 oz of the tequila mixture into the bottom of each Tajin rimmed Topo Chico bottle. When it’s time to drink top off each prepped bottle wtih Topo Chico using the same funnel and serve. I like to stand them up in a bucket with ice so they stay cold until your guests grab one. SO cute and so easy!
- 1 oz fresh lime juice juice from approx. 1.5 limes
- 2 oz tequila blanco/silver are my preference
- 1 tsp agave nectar plus extra to rim glass with Tajin
- 4 oz Topo Chico +/- 1oz – volume will depend on glass size
- Tajin seasoning for rim of glass
- lime wedges for garnish
- Squeeze a drop of agave nectar on your finger and smear it around the rim of your cocktail glass.
- Pour a thin layer of Tajin seasoning onto a small plate. Turn your agave rimmed glass upside down and press the rim into the Tajin seasoning, twisting to coat the whole rim.
- Pour tequila, one tsp agave nectar and lime juice into the bottom of your glass and give it a stir.
- Fill your glass to the top with ice.
- Pour Topo Chico into your glass to fill it to the top and give the whole glass a stir.
- Garnish with fresh lime.
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