Ranch 616 & Texas Cocktail Culture
Chef/Owner Kevin Williamson put his personal favorite all-day drink, the Ranch Water, on the original Ranch 616 cocktail menu back in '99, made with Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Patrón Citronge and fresh lime, with a Topo Chico on the side. Beyond creating the Ranch Water in the late 1990s for Austinites to enjoy, Chef Williamson popularized the cocktail throughout Texas by introducing it to the menu at the legendary Gage Hotel in far West Texas in 2010. Today versions of the Ranch Water are on menus throughout Texas and increasingly, throughout the United States. Continuing his contribution to the Texas cocktail culture, he also created the “Fire-in-the-Hole” for the 2008 Austin Food & Wine Alliance — a freshly-cored jalapeño filled with Texas spirits, Tito’s Vodka and Paula’s Orange, as well as fresh lime juice. It goes great with a Lone Star or Coronita chaser. The “Fire-in-the-Hole” shot was named the "Official Drink of Austin" in 2008, AND it won again in 2009. It has now been going strong as a second signature cocktail for Ranch 616 for more than a decade.