Cut a lime wedge and use it to garnish the rim of the glass and it is ready to be served.
History of the Ranch Water Cocktail
As with many cocktails, the origins of the ranch water cocktail are not easy to trace and yet it is a traditional Texan cocktail. According to some, it was invented by a Fort Davis breeder who, after drinking it, walked to Marathon and then fell asleep under a tree. There is no shortage of alternative legends, such as the one that claims the cocktail was created at a party as an alternative recipe, halfway between a Tom Collins and a margarita.
Curiosities and tips
One of the ingredients that characterises the ranch water cocktail is the seltzer Topo Chico. Fans of the drink believe it can't be done without this super sparkling water that comes from an inactive volcano in northern Mexico. Legend has it that this water, thanks to the minerals and other nutrients it contains, would have healed an Aztec princess from a disease that no one could cure. So if you want to replace the Topo Chico with another water like S.Pellegrino, feel free.
For the choice of tequila to use, the better the tequila, the better the result. Ranch water isn't that sophisticated a cocktail, so you can choose a mid-range tequila, such as a tequila blanco ('new' or un-aged tequila) or tequila reposado (aged). Aged tequila has more nuance of flavour and makes the drink more interesting. Find out how to use tequila in other recipes.