Keep enjoying your favorite cool summer cocktails well into the fall with these seasonal makeovers.
Texas Ranch Water is a beloved Lone Star State cocktail that originated in the West Texas expanse, where even Christmas temperatures can flirt with the century mark. But that part of Texas also gets the occasional dumps of snow. Does that mean we should push aside such a refreshing concoction? No siree.
Dulce Vida Spirits doesn’t think so either. The Austin, Texas-based tequila producer has adapted the Texas Ranch Water recipe to conform to the eponymous state’s fluctuating winter temps, giving way to the Holiday Texas Ranch Water cocktail and its healthy dose of cranberries. The recipe, courtesy Dulce Vida Spirits, is below, along with other seasonally adapted cocktail recipes.
Holiday Texas Ranch Water
1½ ounces Dulce Vida Blanco
3 ounces Topo Chico (or club soda)
Half of a lime’s juice
Splash cranberry juice
Lime wedge, for garnish
Pour Dulce Vida Blanco, Topo Chico, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice into a glass. Stir to mix well. Add ice. Drop preferred amount of cranberries in glass. Garnish with lime wedge.
2 ounces Dulce Vida Grapefruit Tequila
¼ ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
Sprig of rosemary
Salt the rim of a Tom Collins glass and fill the glass with ice. Pour Dulce Vida Grapefruit and lime juice into glass. Top with Squirt soda. Stir to mix well. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita
¾ ounce Dulce Vida Blanco
3 ounces champagne or sparkling wine
¼ ounce pomegranate juice
Pour Dulce Vida Blanco and pomegranate juice in champagne glass. Top with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and enjoy.
For more information on Dulce Vida Spirits, visit the distiller’s website. Photography: Courtesy Dulce Vida Spirits.
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From the November/December 2018 issue.