This spicy ranch water recipe is a tasty twist on the classic drink. It’s a great low-sugar cocktail option, made with just a few ingredients.

spicy ranch water
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I recently fell in love with ranch water since it’s a simple cocktail recipe that is perfect for a hot summer day. After enjoying the basic ranch water recipe of tequila, lime juice, and Topo Chico, I decided to play around with a spicy version. I love that this has a kick but it’s still a great low-sugar option!

Why I Love This Recipe

I love how this simple spicy ranch water reminds me a bit of a spicy margarita, but without all the sugar. It’s simple to make and you only need a few ingredients! It’s refreshing and flavorful, making it my go-to cocktail on a hot summer day!

Ingredients & Substitutions

Basic ranch water is simple and consists of tequila, fresh lime juice, and Topo Chico. This version adds fresh jalapeño and chili-lime seasoning to take it to the next level. You can use fresh lime juice or bottled lime juice. I recommend using blanco tequila but you can use any kind you like.

What is Topo Chico?

Topo Chico is a type of mineral water from Mexico. It is known for its bubbly and crisp flavor. It has a devoted following and it’s the specific sparkling water that is used in a classic ranch water drink. Any club soda can be substituted for the Topo Chico in this recipe. I have a Sodastream, which makes it easy to have sparkling water on hand at all times!

spicy ranch water

What is Tajín?

Tajín is a Mexican seasoning blend made from ground chili peppers, lime, and salt, creating a tangy, spicy, and slightly acidic taste. It adds the perfect spicy flavor to this ranch water! Trader Joe’s also makes a chili lime seasoning blend that can be used in place of tajín.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Topo Chico alcoholic? No. Topo Chico doesn’t contain any alcohol, but ranch water is made with tequila.
  • Can I make a ranch water mocktail? Absolutely! You can skip the tequila altogether or you can use a non-alcoholic spirit like Ritual’s zero-proof tequila.
  • What alcohol does ranch water use? Traditionally it’s made with blanco tequila.
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spicy ranch water

Spicy Ranch Water

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This spicy ranch water recipe is a tasty twist on the classic drink. It’s a great low-sugar cocktail option, made with just a few ingredients.


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon tajín seasoning
  • 1 small jalapeño, sliced
  • 2oz tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 6oz Topo Chico mineral water or other sparkling water
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. Run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass.
  2. Roll the top edge of the glass in tajín seasoning.
  3. Muddle a few jalapeño slices at the bottom of the glass.
  4. Top with ice.
  5. Add lime juice and tequila.
  6. Top with Topo Chico and garnish with a few additional slices of jalapeño