Summer has definitely arrived in Texas. We hit over 100 degrees yesterday and there is no sign that it will be cooling off before late September. Each summer we designate a drink of summer and this summer Ranch Water has chosen us. We know that it may seem like we are late to the party. Ranch Water is not a new drink; it’s been around since the 1960s. However, this light and refreshing combination of mineral water, lime and tequila create the perfect, simple combination for a summer that has been blazing hot right out of the gate.
There are many choices for over-the-counter Ranch Water, and if that floats your tube, then great for you. We prefer to make our own, and use some flavor combinations that add some variety to the beverage.
We make our Ranch Water with a few simple ingredients: Blanco tequila, squeeze of fresh lime juice from half a lime, top off with Topo Chico and a lime wheel for garnish (salt on the rim optional). You can throw these ingredients together and belly flopping into the pool in no time. Not only is Ranch Water simple and refreshing it is about 80 calories per serving, so you don’t need to worry about keeping your body bathing suit ready.
Ranch Water has a low flavor profile and Topo Chico has a variety of flavors, so you can get creative with different flavors and variations in your Ranch Water. Stick with the original Topo Chico or add more lime flavor with Twist of Lime. Add a splash of orange juice and top off with an orange or tangerine slice with a Twist of Tangerine. If you like the taste of grapefruit, you can use a Twist of Grapefruit for more sparkling refreshment. A sprig of mint or a few berries added to the glass make a colorful summer presentation.
Here is a list of some of our drinks of summer in the past. Try these out or let us know what drinks you think we should add to the list.
Summer of 2017 Skinny Agave Margarita
Summer of 2018 The Paloma
Summer of 2019 Strawberry Basil Margarita
Summer of 2020 Fernet Branca Collins
Summer of 2021 Carpano Botanic Spritz
What is your drink for the summer of 2022? We would love to hear about it.