Strawberry Margarita

I have another recipe on the site for Strawberry Margaritas that uses fresh strawberries, but this recipe uses strawberry-infused vermouth, which I had on hand after making a Strawberry Spritz. I like it so much, I decided to give it a go in a Margarita. It worked so well, even better than expected, that I just had to share. I think you’ll like it, too….

I have another recipe on the site for Strawberry Margaritas that uses fresh strawberries, but this recipe uses strawberry-infused vermouth, which I had on hand after making a Strawberry Spritz. I like it so much, I decided to give it a go in a Margarita. It worked so well, even better than expected, that I just had to share. I think you’ll like it, too.

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Your Pantry Is a Treasure Trove of Cocktail Ingredients

We’ve teamed up with Tequila Don Julio, makers of top-shelf tequilas since 1942, to highlight creative (yet totally doable!) ways to shake up your cocktail game. Here, food writer and recipe developer Irene Yoo shares three summer-ready drinks all made…

We've teamed up with Tequila Don Julio, makers of top-shelf tequilas since 1942, to highlight creative (yet totally doable!) ways to shake up your cocktail game. Here, food writer and recipe developer Irene Yoo shares three summer-ready drinks all made with—wait for it—pantry ingredients.


I’ve always been a saver. The “What if I could use this in the future?” possibility applies to all aspects of my life: a denim skirt from high school, some outdated aux cords, scrap pieces of paper (they could be used for origami one day!), you get the idea. This mentality finds its way into the kitchen, too.

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Ranch Water

Ranch water is a Texas-style tequila highball drink made with lime, tequila and Topo Chico! This bubbly cocktail is all about cooling off on hot days. Move over, Aperol spritz. There’s a new bubbly cocktail that’s ready to take over the summer. Meet Ranch Water! Yes, Ranch Water is the unofficial drink of West Texas, essentially a tequila highball made with lime juice and Topo Chico. One of our dearest friends, a Texan, suggested we try this drink…and after one sip it blew us away! It’s like a bubbly, lighter version of the classic margarita, with all the tangy lime but less sweetness and booze. Could there be anything more refreshing? (We think not.) What’s Ranch Water? Why is it called that? Ranch Water is a tequila highball cocktail that hails from West Texas. No one knows exactly how it came to be, or even how it got the name. Some people say a Texas rancher invented it in the 1960’s. Whatever the case, Ranch Water was a word-of-mouth drink until around 2010, when bartenders in Texas started adding it to their menus. The ingredients in Ranch Water are: Tequila Lime juice Topo Chico mineral water Die hards of this […]

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Ranch water is a Texas-style tequila highball drink made with lime, tequila and Topo Chico! This bubbly cocktail is all about cooling off on hot days.

Ranch water

Move over, Aperol spritz. There’s a new bubbly cocktail that’s ready to take over the summer. Meet Ranch Water! Yes, Ranch Water is the unofficial drink of West Texas, essentially a tequila highball made with lime juice and Topo Chico. One of our dearest friends, a Texan, suggested we try this drink…and after one sip it blew us away! It’s like a bubbly, lighter version of the classic margarita, with all the tangy lime but less sweetness and booze. Could there be anything more refreshing? (We think not.)

What’s Ranch Water? Why is it called that?

Ranch Water is a tequila highball cocktail that hails from West Texas. No one knows exactly how it came to be, or even how it got the name. Some people say a Texas rancher invented it in the 1960’s. Whatever the case, Ranch Water was a word-of-mouth drink until around 2010, when bartenders in Texas started adding it to their menus. The ingredients in Ranch Water are:

  • Tequila
  • Lime juice
  • Topo Chico mineral water

Die hards of this drink claim it’s not Ranch Water unless it’s made with Topo Chico, that Mexican mineral water brand sold in the distinctive bottles. Of course you could make it with another brand: but Topo Chico seals the deal for us.

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How to make Ranch Water

There’s really no science to Ranch Water! Because it was a word-of-mouth cocktail for so long, it’s more about vibe than anything. Really, you can use as much lime, tequila, and soda water as you’d like. Keep those bubbles on hand to refresh your drink, when you need it. Here’s the art to making Ranch Water:

  • Place 2 shots of tequila in a glass (3 ounces).
  • Mix in the juice of 1 lime (that’s about 1 1/2 ounces).
  • Fill the glass with ice and top it off with Topo Chico (about 1/2 cup).

What tequila to use

The better the tequila, the better the drink! Ranch Water isn’t the most sophisticated of cocktails, so we wouldn’t require pulling out the top shelf stuff. Try finding a mid-price range tequila: typically this correlates to the quality of the alcohol. You can use either tequila blanco (“new” or un-aged tequila) or tequila reposado (aged) here. The aged tequila has more nuance in flavor, and makes for a more interesting drink.

Ranch water

More great highball cocktails to beat the heat!

What’s a highball? A highball cocktail is a family of mixed drinks that combine alcohol with a larger percentage of non-alcoholic mixer. There are lots of famous highballs like the good old gin and tonic or vodka cranberry. Here are a few more highballs that are perfect for hot weather:

  • Vodka Tonic One of the easiest mixed drinks of all time! This two-ingredient cocktail is bubbly, citrusy, and refreshing.
  • Whiskey Highball Tall, bubbly, and all about the spirit! A refreshing way to enjoy your favorite whiskey.
  • Sea Breeze A classic highball that’s easy to make! Starring vodka, cranberry, and grapefruit on lots of ice, it’s ultra refreshing.
Topo Chico

When to serve Ranch Water

Ranch Water is a carefree highball drink that’s perfect for sipping as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
  • Birthday celebration drink (Happy Birthday, Dan!)
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Ranch water

Ranch Water (Best Summer Cocktail!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Ranch water is a Texas-style tequila highball drink made with lime, tequila and Topo Chico! This bubbly cocktail is all about cooling off on hot days. 


Ingredients

  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) Topo Chico or other sparkling mineral water
  • For the garnish: lime wedge
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)

Instructions

  1. Add the tequila and lime juice to highball glass and stir.
  2. Fill with ice and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wedge.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Ranch Water, Tequila Highball

A few more tequila drinks

If you love tequila, we’ve got a few more tequila cocktails to try:

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We've teamed up with Don Julio, makers of top-shelf tequilas since 1942, to highlight creative (yet totally doable!) ways to shake up your cocktail game. Here, Chef Claudette Zepeda shares two spring-ready tequila drinks with a smoky twist—plus, a vegetarian-friendly riff on al pastor tacos to serve them with.


In my mind, you can never go wrong with a margarita.

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Bubbly Jam Margaritas.

We very much need jam margaritas right now. I’m temporarily bringing back cocktail Thursdays so you can make the ultimate pantry drink this weekend: bubbly jam margaritas!  Oh yes. You can use any flavor of jam that you love – throw it in a shaker with some tequila and lime juice and here we are. […]

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We very much need jam margaritas right now.

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.

I’m temporarily bringing back cocktail Thursdays so you can make the ultimate pantry drink this weekend: bubbly jam margaritas! 

strawberry jam

Oh yes. You can use any flavor of jam that you love – throw it in a shaker with some tequila and lime juice and here we are.

In a very good place.

A very good, salted rim, frothy icy beverage type of place. 

P.S. if you’re in need of other quarantine cocktail ideas, I’ve done thirsty Thursdays here on the blog for yearsss… you have tons of options right here

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.

I’m also gearing up for cinco de mayo at home. I want to make tacos, maybe nachos and definitely a margarita next Tuesday. If you’re in the market for a fantastic margarita at home, aside from my favorite classic, here are my top five: 

Pink grapefruit margaritas

Blood orange margaritas

Watermelon rosé margaritas

Mojito margaritas

Coconut creamsicle margaritas

Don’t they all sound incredible? They are. I promise.

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.

Aside from that, I’ve only been having a cocktail on Friday night! Okay, maaaaybe Saturday. But I’ve made it a little tradition right now to have one on Friday evenings and it’s really nice. This is by far my newest favorite!

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.

So!

The best part about this? You don’t have to make a simple syrup. Simple syrup is ridiculously easy to make, and you can easily make a batch in advance and store it in the fridge, but it’s also just another step, you know?

However, instead of syrup, we’re doing the jam!

This isn’t the first time I’ve made a jam cocktail. Sixish years ago I made a cider jam bourbon cocktail and it inspired a ton of ideas using the jam. It’s the easiest way to make any fruity drink in an effortless manner. 

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.

The varieties I’ve tried so far for margaritas: strawberry, blackberry with jalapeños, apricot, peach and fig. It helps that I have a serious obsession with american spoon and buy at least 12 jams every summer when we are in Michigan. I should be making pitchers of margaritas with all of the jam I have! 

Once you shake everything up with ice, pour it into your salted rim glass, you add a liitttttle top off. I suggest going with a lime seltzer, but I won’t lie: I’ve tried prosecco too! It was delish. Because this entire cup is just wonderful.

Try try try!

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.

Bubbly Jam Margaritas

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Bubbly Jam Margaritas

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail, is easily multiplied
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • coarse salt or tajin for the rim
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 2 ounces your favorite jam
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur, optional (like Grand Mariner or Triple Sec)
  • 1 ounce lime seltzer
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • optional add: sliced jalapeno peppers

Instructions

  • Rim a glass with a lime wedge and dip it in the salt. Fill the glass with ice.
  • Fill a shaker cup with ice. Add the lime juice, tequila, jam and orange liqueur (if you’re using it!). Shake for 30 seconds, until the drink is frothy. Pour it in the glass over ice. Top with the lime seltzer and garnish with lime wedges!
  • Jam ideas: strawberry, blackberry, apricot, orange, peach, fig, etc!

These bubbly jam margaritas are easy and delicious! Use your favorite jam instead of simple syrup to create a fruity flavor everyone will love.

Annnnd the rest of quarantine will look like this.

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Is This the Next Big Sustainable Spirit?

More people are drinking premium tequila and mezcal than ever before—particularly, in America and Japan. Over 170,000 liters of tequila and mezcal were exported to the U.S. alone in 2017, amounting to over half of Mexico’s total exported mezcal. It’s s…

More people are drinking premium tequila and mezcal than ever before—particularly, in America and Japan. Over 170,000 liters of tequila and mezcal were exported to the U.S. alone in 2017, amounting to over half of Mexico's total exported mezcal. It's safe to assume that number's only grown since. In fact, it's projected that the agave spirit category will continue to grow 14 percent every year in North America.

All of this begs the question: How long can Mexican agave crops sustain the demands of this upward trend?

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