Ranch Water Seltzer

Cool your boots with this refreshing, low-sugar, ice cold glass of Big Sky Ranch Water Seltzer.

a clear glass filled with a frosty cold drink garnished with a lime wedge sitting on a flat stone next to a straw cowgirl hat

What is Big Sky Ranch Water Seltzer?

And why it’s better than the Texas version…

In case you’ve been living in a cave and missed it, Ranch Water is THE drink of Summer.

It has three ingredients, Lime juice, tequila and sparkling water and takes about 1 minute to make. It is incredibly refreshing.

This is the perfect drink to have in Montana when it is hot, smokey and the days are still long. All the cowboys and cowgirls out West need a refreshing drink after a long day working in the hay fields, driving cattle and fighting fires, weeds and tourists.

The one ingredient that you HAVE to use is Topo Chico. I find it to be much more effervescent than other sparkling waters. It has been bottled in Mexico since 1885. Other seltzer waters just don’t have the same mineral taste or enough fizz to stand up to tequila. Topo Chico is sold at Safeway, Publix, Wal-mart and Target or online.

With zero calories in the water (duh), 180 calories in the tequila and only 20 calories in the lime juice this is a relatively low calorie cocktail. Make it the Montana version with muddled huckleberries that add a tart bite and sweetness.

Come pony up to my bar and let me show you how we make it.

The author of the post on her brown horse in front of a mountain range

Ingredients in Big Sky Ranch Water Seltzer:

  • fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Ice Cold Topo Chico grapefruit flavor
  • Blacno tequila
  • jalapeõ slices
  • huckleberries, honey berries or blackberries
A wooden picnic table with a straw hat, a bottle of tequila, a vase of summer flowers and a few bottles of topo Chico water

Equipment needed for this cocktail:

  • tall glasses
  • muddler
a pair of brown suede cowboy boots on a dusty wood barn floor

If you like Big Sky Ranch Water try these cocktails as well:

A scene of a wide open blue Montana sky with a hay barn filled with large rolls of hay and about 7 horses in front of a mountain range

Big Sky Ranch Water Seltzer

Recipe by Meggen Arthur Wilson Course: Cocktails, Montana KitchenCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 TBSP huckleberries, honey berries or blackberries- optional

  • 3 oz blanco tequila-

  • 2 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 bottle ice cold Topo Chico, Grapefruit

  • Fresh lime & jalapeño slices


  • Muddle berries in a highball or Collins glass.
  • Top glass with ice, add in lime juice, tequila and top with Topo Chico until the glass is full. Stir well. Garnish with lime, jalapeño or extra berries.


  • Nutritional information: Calories – 220, Sodium 41.4 mg, Sugar, 2.9 grams , Total carbs- 47.9 grams, Potassium 88.4 mg, Vitamin C 34%, Protein 0.4 grams

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