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Aguachile Ranch Water


Aguachile — ceviche’s cooler and spicier cousin and my new fav dish. It’s so fresh and spicy and sour and easy to whip up quick like!

You just blend up a nice sauce and bam, lunch AND a nice mix for a cocktail.

(Aguachile is normally served with fresh seafood that is served raw. The acids in the citrus juice denatures or “cooks” the proteins in the fish or shrimp. I just grilled mine because it sounded good and my shrimp are from the frozen foods aisle of Walmart.)

We took northern dish and went even further north to west Texas, home of the Ranch Water— a mix of tequila or mezcal, fresh lime juice, and bubbly mineral water.

Simply replace the lime juice with the punchy, spicy, salty, and sour Aguachile mix and BAM. Aguachile Ranch Water. Simple and delicious as heck.

For our very, VERY GOOD recipe you will need:

Mezcal or Tequila

We like an usages spirit for this one but you do you!

Fresh Veg!

For our Aguachile mix we used: cucumber, cilantro, jalapeño, Serrano, garlic, water, salt, and lime juice.


Regular soda water could work in a pinch but you really want the super bubbly minerality of a natural sparkling mineral water if you can get it. We find that Topo Chico, or Mineagua work great.

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What is Aguachile?

Aguachile (AH-WAH-CHEE-LEH) is a dish of (usually) raw shrimp or fish that is marinated in a mix of citrus, water, chile, and salt.

What’s the history of Aguachile?

The dish comes from the state of Sinaloa in Mexico where the people in the mountainous regions began boiling water and Chiltepin (a small native chile) and simply ate the broth with corn tortillas. The term “Aguachile” became a derogatory term for Sierreños who only ate “water and chile”. The dish made it down the mountain and to the coastal region where the star of the dish, shrimp, was added. Modern interpretations include tons of variations like Aguachile verde, rojo, or negro using the freshest ingredients like cucumber, herbs, chiles and even tequilas and mezcals.

Aguachile Ranch Water

Aguachile Ranch Water

Spicy, sour, savory, and oh so refreshing. Nothing beats a Ranch Water, and this is a good one.


  • 1.5 - 2 oz Mezcal Espadin
  • 1 oz Aguachile mix
  • Top with sparkling mineral water
  • Garnish with cilantro sprig and shrimp


  1. In a pint glass add in ice and all your ingredients, give it a mix and enjoy!
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