What is a Ranch Water cocktail?

What is Ranch Water cocktail

One of the hottest new cocktails to appear in bars and restaurants is Ranch Water – but what is this tequila drink? Where did it come from? Why is it appearing in so many bars and restaurants in this area?

What is Ranch Water?

Put simply, Ranch Water is a cocktail that is made by combining tequila, seltzer water, and lime juice.

According to the Washington Post, “A bunch of people out here refer to it as the Ranch Water because cowboys are out there working hard all day, and they want good water, but they want it a little bit spiked,” says Eloise Bryan, lead concierge at the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Tex., whose White Buffalo Bar is often named as one possible originator of the drink. But, she admits, “there’s really not hard details. It’s been such a popular drink for such a long time that everything gets a little fuzzy.”

Where did Ranch Water originate? 

The legend of Ranch Water goes to west Texas where the cowboys work all day in the hot sun and want a drink to both quench their thirst and help them relax – something uncomplicated that could be made from available ingredients.

According to an article in the online magazine Punch, the drink’s origins are the stuff of legends. “There’s a rumor that it was concocted by a wild-haired rancher in Fort Davis in the 1960s,” says Phillip Moellering, Manager and Food & Beverage Director of the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas. “Allegedly, the spirit of the drink had him following the West Texas stars all the way from Fort Davis to Marathon by foot, where he was found asleep under a piñon tree.”

What canned versions of Ranch Waters are available? 

Waterbird Ranch Water Cocktail



Waterbird Ranch Water (5.0% ABV) – Waterbird Spirits launched their products with a bang in Florida, and quickly brought their popular canned Ranch Water to the Sunshine State. Waterbird Ranch Water is a canned version of the classic cocktail made with real tequila that was distilled in Jalisco, Mexico.


Lone River Ranch Water Variety PackLone River Ranch Water Variety Pack (4.0% ABV) – New to Florida, but one of the original Ranch Waters – Lone River is now available! Whether you prefer your Ranch Water to be made in the classic fashion, or you prefer it spicy, with a hint of grapefruit or prickly pear, Lone River is a hard seltzer-based Ranch Water that is made with agave and natural lime along with another ingredient or two in this variety pack from the Lone River of West Texas.

No matter the type of Ranch Water you prefer, give one of these brands a try and taste the spirit this Texas-inspired cocktail today!


Waterbird Spirits inks distribution deal with Cone Distributing in 22 Florida counties

Cone Distributing (Team Cone) is proud to announce that the team is now selling ready-to-drink cocktails from Waterbird Spirits of Charlottesville, Virginia.


Welcome to Florida Waterbird Spirits!

“After tasting Waterbird’s spirits-based cocktails from a can, I couldn’t wait to have them available for our customers,” says cocktail enthusiast and Team Cone Vice President of Sales Charlie Ingrilli. “We are nothing but thrilled to partner with world-class beverage maker Waterbird Spirits and their product will be in the market on May 1st.”

“We at Waterbird are thrilled to work with Cone Distributing in Ocala, Tallahassee, and Gainesville,” says Wilson Craig, founder of Waterbird Spirits. “Together, we look forward to serving Ocala, Tallahassee, and Gainesville the highest quality canned cocktails made with real, premium distilled spirits! Wet Your Beak with Waterbird and Cone Distributing this May!”

Team Cone will begin distribution of Waterbird Spirits with Ranch Water 12oz cans in a four-pack, and Vodka Variety Six-Pack (containing 12oz cans of Vodka Cucumber & Mint, Vodka Watermelon & Basil, and Vodka Citrus Squeeze). Ask your Team Cone representative for more information about these exciting new vodka- and tequila-based drinks or cruise over to our Beer Finder for more information!



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About Waterbird Spirits
Waterbird Spirits was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. 100% family owned and operated, Waterbird makes high quality canned cocktails with real, premium distilled spirits. After successfully testifying in the House and Senate in the Commonwealth of Virginia to allow the manufacture and sale of canned cocktails, the Waterbird Team launched in September 2019.


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About Cone Distributing
Founded by Douglas P. Cone, Jr. in 1985, Cone Distributing (Team Cone) began business with selling five brands of beer in four rural counties. Less than two years later, the company began expanding territory and suppliers and has not stopped since, building the largest geographic footprint in the state for a Florida beer distributor. Today Team Cone sells beer from over 40 suppliers in 22 Florida counties from a state-of-the-art facility in Ocala and a facility in Tallahassee. Cone Distributing’s goal is to operate a World Class company, distinguishing itself by doing the Right Thing the Right Way All the Time.