Last Updated on September 16, 2022 by Lydia Martin
When it comes to tequila mixes, the first thing that comes to mind is Margarita or Bloody Mary. But if you want something refreshing on a hot summer day, ranch water is the easiest cocktail to make.
Let’s make it even better as we searched for the best tequila for ranch water.
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7 Best Tequilas for Ranch Water
1. 1800 Silver
1800 Silver made it to the list as this Blanco tequila has solid agave flavors that can enhance a simple tequila ranch water cocktail. This spirit’s sweet and smooth texture is not so good to have neat, but it adds life to a cocktail.
2. Cabo Wabo Blanco
Cabo Wabo Blanco is one of those spirits that tastes a little strong to drink neat. However, this Blanco can spike your ranch water cocktail. The spirit has citrus and agave notes, but alcohol is evident on the nose and palate.
So if you want something that can heat your cocktail up, this is your best choice. The 750ml Cabo Wabo Blanco is roughly $33.
3. Corazon Blanco
Corazon Blanco is another good choice for any cocktail recipe. This tequila is not a very popular brand in the market, but the taste is authentic tequila. It can elevate the flavor of your cocktail recipes and turn the alcohol level up.
It does not have a special flavor, but it does not overpower other ingredients. And it is sold roughly at $27 per 750ml bottle, which is a very affordable price.
4. Espolon Blanco
Espolon Blanco is a tequila made in Mexico rich in agave taste and hints of black pepper and citrus notes. Sipping is not an option as this may be overwhelming because of the bite on the finish.
However, this Blanco will blend very well with topo chico mineral water. It is also a good fit for sweet-tasting blends such as grapefruit juice. The 750 ml Espolon Blanco is sold roughly at $26.
5. Olmeca Altos Plata
Olmeca Altos Plata is for those who want no harsh flavors added to their Texas tequila highball cocktails. This Blanco is smooth and has no burn when drank straight or mixed with other liquors.
You can also pair it with fresh lime and salt and enjoy the savor of roasted agave and citrus. Pair your bubbly cocktail recipe with this Blanco for an affordable price of around $21 per 750 ml.
6. Teremana Blanco
Teremana Blanco is another flavorful tequila that you can have with fresh lime juice and a pinch of salt. You can also enjoy it paired with food or mixed in your favorite cocktail recipes. It has a smooth finish, making it a good fit for tequila and lime juice mix or cool ranch water. It is sold at around $21 per 750 ml.
7. Montelobos Mezcal
Montelobos Mezcal is the odd one on this list since this is not tequila. However, Montelobos can fill the missing spark when it comes to flavors. Compared to an untamed Blanco, you can sip this mezcal neat.
But it can also do wonders with simple sparkling mineral water(1) and fresh lime juice. It has a full-bodied agave flavor with a hint of smoky herbal notes. A 750 ml mezcal is priced at around $105.
Why Use 100% Agave Tequilas?
Using 100% agave tequilas on your favorite cocktails will give your refreshing drink the elevation from being an ordinary version of a margarita from West Texas. A splash of the right tequila will provide the earthy tones of agave. Tequilas also have the right amount of alcohol that can create a bit of jolt into your refreshing cocktail.
The Best Tequila Ranch Water Recipe
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 3-5 minutes
- 3 oz Blanco tequila
- 1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- Topo Chico Mineral Water
- Jalapeño simple syrup (optional)
- ice cubes
Prepare a highball glass. Pour the tequila Blanco then follow with the freshly squeezed lime juice. Pour the Topo Chico next and give it a light stir. Top it with ice cubes. If you want to turn the heat up a little, you can add a dash of hot Jalapeño simple syrup. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
What type of tequila is best for ranch water?
Blanco tequilas are best for ranch water because of their clear color, similar to mineral water. However, more important is its raw flavors, especially the roasted agave. But what type of alcohol is best for Twisted Tea?
Is ranch water just tequila soda?
Yes, ranch water is just tequila soda with a little less lime. Many names are used for this mix, but the main components are tequila and lime juice with ice and a glass garnished with a lime wedge.
Ranch water is not just a Texas thing, though this is very popular in most bars in the area. But anybody can enjoy a glass of this cocktail using the tequilas we added to the list. There are a lot of recipes you can find online.
Some add Jalapeño simple syrup to put some excitement other than the bubbles on the sparkling water. Find a good recipe with these tequilas and enjoy a glass of ranch water anywhere you are.
Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.