Texas Ranch Water is about to be your go-to at home cocktail. It’s a light, refreshing, and slightly citrusy Blueberry Tequila Cocktail that is so easy to make, any mixologist can get it right. Think of this as your simplified margarita with no sugary mix required.
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About this Cocktail
People often veer away from taking a bartending role and making their own cocktails because they think it's difficult or requires too many ingredients. Here’s the thing. This Blueberry Texas Ranch Water is the complete opposite. It can be made by even the most amateur bartenders.
The history of Texas Ranch Water isn’t exactly known, but as the story goes it was the favorite cocktail of, you guessed it, a Texas Rancher who supposedly created it sometime in the 1960s. It began to grow and was sold in bars and dives across Texas shortly there after.
Now, Ranch Water is becoming increasingly popular around the country, and for a good reason. Especially in the warmer months of summer a light, refreshing, and slightly citrusy cocktail is exactly what we’re all looking for. This one has a jalapeño blueberry twist, but I’ve included instructions below on how to make a more traditional one as well. Sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to attempting mixology.
- Topo Chico - This is mineral water that will be the mixer for our Texas Ranch Water.
- Lime Juice - Most of the flavor in a traditional Texas Ranch Water will come from the lime juice.
- Coconut Tequila - If you haven't tried coconut tequila, I highly recommend. It's super smooth with a subtle tropical flavor.
- Cointreau - A little bit of orange liqueur that pairs well with the coconut tequila.
- Jalapeño - I love a drink with a little kick.
- Berry Pomegranate Mio - This is what will give our Texas Ranch Water a blueberry twist.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How to Make This Recipe
This is super easy! As promised, minimal bartending skills required.
1. In a small bowl or glass, muddle lime juice with jalapeño. Muddle for 1-2 minutes to ensure that the jalapeño is infused with the lime juice. Remove the jalapeño and seeds from the lime juice.
2. Add ice to the glass and pour in tequila and cointreau on top of the jalapeño lime juice.
3. Top with Topo Chico and Berry Pomegranate Mio. Stir if needed and serve chilled!
You can follow the same recipe and simply leave out the Cointreau, jalapeño and berry Mio flavoring and use plain tequila. You may want to add a touch of sweetness (see below), because otherwise this is a fairly plain drink.
If you want your ranch water a bit sweeter, I suggest adding simple syrup or agave. These are two fairly plain sweeteners that won’t over power this already simple drink.
I used 1800 Coconut Tequila because it's my favorite and it's SO smooth. You can use plain tequila as well. However, for Texas Ranch Water you should use blanco tequila.
Absolutely! It will be much more flavorful than the Berry Mio. This homemade Blueberry Lemonade cocktail has a recipe for Blueberry Simple Syrup!
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Blueberry Texas Ranch Water
- Cocktail glass
- Cutting Board
- shot jigger
- Handheld juicer
- 6 oz Topo Chico
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1.5 oz 1800 Coconut Tequila
- 0.75 oz Cointreau
- 2 tsp jalapeño, diced
- 1 tsp Berry Pomegranate Mio, 2 second squirt
- In a small bowl or glass, muddle lime juice with jalapeño. Muddle for 1-2 minutes to ensure that the jalapeño is infused with the lime juice.
- Remove the jalapeño and seeds from the lime juice.
- Add ice to the glass and pour in tequila and cointreau on top of the jalapeño lime juice.
- Top with Topo Chico and Berry Pomegranate Mio. Stir if needed and serve chilled!
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NOTE: this is counting alcohol as strictly carbs - remember, if you are counting your macros & alcohol, this is a good reference: Macrostax | How To Calculate Alcohol for Macro Counting
TO COUNT YOUR ALCOHOL AS A CARBOHYDRATE: Use the total number of calories in a drink divided by 4 (Example: 5 ounces of Red Zinfandel = 132 calories 132 calories/4 = 33g Carbs. TO COUNT YOUR ALCOHOL AS A FAT: Use the total number of calories in a drink divided by 9 (Example: 5 ounces of Red Zinfandel = 132 calories 132 calories/9 = 15g Fat) TO COUNT YOUR ALCOHOL AS BOTH A CARBOHYDRATE AND A FAT: Use the a portion of the total number of calories in a drink divided by 4 Use the remainder of the total number of calories in a drink divided by 9. Example: 5 ounces of Red Zinfandel = 132 calories 66 calories/4 = 16.5g Carbs 66 calories/9 = 7g Fat
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