Seasoned Ranch Water Cocktail Recipe

Ah, farm water – one of the most refreshing cocktails, without a doubt, and also very easy to make. No, you won’t confuse Hidden Valley ranch with water in this recipe, as the name deceptively might suggest. Instead, you’ll combine tequila, lemon juice, and the always-crunchy and refreshing tobo chico to create a simple, no-frills cocktail that relies on simplicity to achieve its grandeur. Well, maybe there’s one luxury in this rendition, as recipe developer Jamie Shelbert graced us with a seasoned farm water recipe, which includes a “spicy edge of chili and lemon,” as she describes it.

Other than the spiced tip, you can rest assured that this cocktail stays true to even the best farm water pros out there. “This is a refreshing, solid carbonated liquid with few ingredients. It makes a great summertime cocktail with its fresh flavor,” says Shelbert. “If you don’t like sweets, this is the best carbonated liquid.” She’s right – there’s almost no sugar in this cocktail, which proves that sometimes, simplicity really does work.

Combine the seasoned ranch water ingredients

As we’ve already covered, the lighter ingredient in this cocktail is tequila, which you’ll combine with Topo Chico mineral water and fresh lime juice. For the marinated edge, you’ll need a lemon wedge, lemon peel, chili powder, and some salt.

Rim cups with a mixture of spices

In a small dish, add lemon peel, chili powder, and salt, then mix these ingredients together. Next, grab a lime wedge and run it along the edge of the two cocktail glasses you’ll be using. Next, circle the moistened edges in the chili powder mixture, making sure that the entire rim of each cup is evenly covered in the seasoning mixture.

Make cocktails

With dazzling rims ready to go, you can focus on making cocktails. Fill each cup about halfway with ice, then pour 3 ounces of tequila into each one, followed by 1 ounce of lemon juice. Finally, remove each cup with some of the Topo Chico and stir it all together.

Garnish the marinated ranch with a slice of green lemon

To stay true to the nature of lemon-infused farm water, go ahead and garnish each glass with a slice of lemon. Now, you can enjoy all the flavors that farm-spiced water has to offer — flavors that Shilbert describes as “light, refreshing, and hydrating.”

“Enjoy this refreshing drink on the patio with friends, at the cookout, at happy hour, or at any celebration,” Shelbert suggests. “They taste great with savory snacks like chips, salsa, guacamole, and queso, or have them with a meal of tacos or fajitas.” Basically, you can’t go wrong with pairing this Tex-Mex-inspired cocktail with Tex-Mex food—who would have guessed?