Ranch Water is (and should always be) your Texas summer cocktail
There are a few things to get together as summer looms over Texas: A swimsuit, shorts, assurance that the car and 亚洲游国际集团home air conditioners are in proper working order, and a go-to weekend cocktail.
And if that weekend cocktail isn't ranch water, it's time to reconsider.
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Ranch water was made for evenings on the patio, for floating down rivers in a rented tube and for the days where it's so dang hot you just can't bother to mix more than three things together before collapsing in front of a fan. It's light and refreshing and devoid of hangover-inducing sugary syrups.
This flawless summer cocktail is three ingredients: Topo Chico, lime juice and tequila, all to taste, over a bunch of ice. That's it. No blender, muddler or shaker required.
The drink's origin is a bit of a mystery, but it has roots in West Texas and is especially popular in Austin and San Antonio. Ranch water doesn't seem to be a thing outside of Texas, which is a darn shame. It's a simple, great drink with a gross name that can easily be made on the side of a pool.
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Any sparkling water will do, but Topo Chico, the sparkling mineral water from Mexico, is the true Texas way.
If the time calls for a more non-traditional route, add grapefruit juice instead. Or sprinkle some Tajin in there. Salt the rim.
The Texas summer heat is here, and it's here with a vengeance. Stock up on the Topo Chico and tequila.