At Porchlight in Manhattan, the house Ranch Water is typically served in a large format, but this version is scaled-down for one serving. Using a “Kitchen Sink Cordial” made from lemon and lime wedges left over from the night before, this version of the West Texas classic has a more layered brightness.
- 2 ounces blanco tequila, preferably Espolón
- 3/4 ounce Kitchen Sink cordial (see Editor’s Note)
- Topo Chico, to top
Garnish: lime wedge
- Add tequila and cordial to a highball glass with ice.
- Top with Topo Chico, and stir to incorporate ingredients.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
Kitchen Sink Cordial
1000 grams lemon and/or lime wedges
500 grams sugar
500 grams water
1% lactic acid
1. Combine all ingredients into a Cambro or other large container with a lid, and muddle the fruit for 1 minute.
2. Stir until the sugar is fully incorporated.
3. Strain through a chinois, and weigh the contents.
4. Calculate 1% of the final weight of the mixture (multiply the mixture’s weight in grams by 0.01) and add that amount (in grams) of lactic acid.
5. Stir to combine, then bottle.