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Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail Recipe

This delicious Christmas cocktail is made with tequila, lime, cranberries, and rosemary. It is excitingly sweet, bubbly, tangy, and surprisingly light for a tequila cocktail. Enjoy this easy-to-make Christmas Ranch Water cocktail this holiday season as you enjoy the never-ending festivities with your family and friends.

A tequila highball cocktail that hails from Texas, this yummy drink will be a sure hit this Christmas.

Why You’ll Love This Christmas Cocktail

  • It's sweet and tangy, bubbly and light
  • Easiest tequila cocktail you can make
  • Easy to find ingredients
  • It’s a fun drink
  • Low-calorie drink

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It's a time for family, friends, and fun. And what could be more fun than a Christmas water cocktail recipe?

This recipe is easy to make and perfect for any occasion.

Whether you're celebrating Christmas or just want something festive and fun to drink, this recipe is sure to please!

So gather your ingredients and get ready to make some delicious Christmas drinks!

You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

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Equipment Needed to Make This Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Ingredients for Your Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail
  • tequila
  • cranberry lime carbonated water
  • fresh cranberries
  • fresh lime slices
  • fresh rosemary
  • ice cubes

How to Make Christmas Ranch Water

glass with ice

Step 1.  Fill a glass with ice cubes.

liquid poured into glass

Step 2.  Pour in one shot of tequila.

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Step 3.  Top off with cranberry lime carbonated water.

Step 4.  Garnish with fresh rosemary, lime slices, and fresh cranberries.

Step 5.  Cheers!

What to Serve/Pair with Your Tequila Cocktail

Tequila cocktails are best served with pretzels, popcorns, and nuts

Jalapeno Poppers are snack staples for tequila drinks

Tacos and nachos, both cheesy and spicy are great with tequila cocktails

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Popular Substitutions & Additions

  • Fruits like cranberries or raspberries
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Flavored mineral water
  • Club soda
  • Lemons/limes
  • Ginger ale
  • Tonic water
  • Sugar
  • Herbs

How to Store Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Ranch water recipe is a quick and easy recipe. It takes less than 10 to 15 minutes to prepare and make the drink.

If you were able to make more than enough, you can store it in the fridge.

Best Way to Store Tequila Cocktail Leftover

For mixed drinks like carbonated drinks or drinks with fruits, it is not recommended to store them for more than two days in the fridge.

It is best to consume them immediately as the fruits or carbonated ingredients turn immediately.

The general rule of thumb for distilled spirits such as tequila, whiskey, vodka, rum, and gin, is to store them at room temperature.

Keeping them in a cool place will make them last longer.

How Long Will Christmas Ranch Water Last in the Fridge?

Mixed cocktails like the Christmas Ranch Water do not last for more than 2 days in the fridge.

Primarily because the carbonated water will go flat almost immediately.

Moreover, if you mix fruits or fruit juices with the drink, it will most likely turn bad in 1 or 2 days.

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Can I Freeze Ranch Water?

No. I do not recommend freezing your ranch water (or anything with tequila in it).

Freezing can alter the tequila’s aromatic properties, consequently making the flavors of the cocktail dull and flat. It is best to consume it immediately.

Ranch Water FAQs

What kind of liquor is in ranch water?

Ranch water is basically a dressed-down margarita. It has tequila.

What does ranch water have in it?

Ranch water is a 3-ingredient cocktail that makes it so easy to make.

It contains tequila, carbonated water (or mineral water), and lime juice (lots of it).

There are many variations to this drink.

You can add fruits, sugar, or herbs. Whatever suits your taste. This is a highly customizable drink.

Does ranch water have sugar?

Ranch water is a low-calorie cocktail without all the sugar; however, this drink is customizable.

You can add sugar if you prefer it to be sweet.

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Is ranch water carbonated?

Yes. Classic ranch water has tequila, mixed with lime juice and neutrally flavored carbonated water or mineral water.

What are the flavors of ranch water?

There are canned ranch water brands available in the market, with a variety of flavors.

The most common flavor (and most favored) is the grapefruit and lime flavors.

However, when you are making DIY ranch water at home, you can add whatever flavors you like.

As mentioned earlier, this is a highly customizable drink.

How much alcohol does Ranch Water have in it?

In a 12 -ounce can, ranch water contains 85 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrates, and 4% alcohol.

When was ranch water invented?

Ranch water was first introduced in Austin, Texas in 1998.

It debuted as a light and simple drink composed of tequila, lime juice, and water.

How long has ranch water been around?

The exact origin of the drink is unknown.

It was rumored to have been invented by a Texan around the 1960s.

So, it has been around for more than 5 decades.

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

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  • The Mistletoe Kiss
  • Holly Jolly Christmas Citrus Cocktail
  • Christmas Sangria
  • Christmas Martini
  • Gingerbread White Russian
  • You're A Mean One Grinch Mocktail
  • White Christmas Mojito
  • Merry Christmas Tiki Cocktail
  • White Christmas Martini
  • White Christmas Margarita
  • Jingle Juice Holiday Punch
  • Creamy Eggnog Martini
  • Peppermint White Russians
  • Cranberry Moscow Mule
  • Jack Frost Winter Cocktail
  • Blackberry Whiskey Smash
  • Christmas Candy Cane Margarita
  • Cranberry Fizz Cocktail
  • Raspberry Cream Mimosa
  • Maple Bourbon Smash Cocktail
  • Cranberry Margarita
  • Santa’s Spritz Christmas Cocktail
  • Apple Cider Sangria
  • Pumpkin Spice Martini
  • Warm Winter Rum Punch
  • Pomegranate Champagne Margarita
  • Grapefruit And Sage Champagne Cocktail
  • New York Sour Cocktail
  • Cotton Candy Champagne Cocktail
  • Hibiscus And Ginger Champagne Cocktail
  • Rum Berry Cocktail
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
  • Turtle Doves Cocktail
  • Salted Caramel Apple Martini

The Christmas Ranch Water cocktail is a festive drink that will not disappoint this holiday season.

Why not add it to your menu for the next family get-together?

It's sweet, bubbly, tangy, and surprisingly light for a tequila cocktail – but still packs all of the punch you need in order to have an amazing time with your loved ones!

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail Recipe

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Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail Recipe

Christmas Ranch Water Cocktail

This delicious Christmas cocktail is made with tequila, lime, cranberries, and rosemary. It is excitingly sweet, bubbly, tangy, and surprisingly light for a tequila cocktail. Enjoy this easy-to-make Christmas Ranch Water cocktail this holiday season as you enjoy the never-ending festivities with your family and friends.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • tequila
  • cranberry lime carbonated water
  • fresh cranberries
  • fresh lime slices
  • fresh rosemary
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in one shot of tequila.
  3. Top off with cranberry lime carbonated water. 
  4. Garnish with fresh rosemary, lime slices, and fresh cranberries.
  5. Cheers! 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 12gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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WHAT’S NEXT

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