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Rancho Clara Cocktail

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There was a time in the distant past when liquor store shelves weren’t crowded with $50 bottles of the latest celebrity- endorsed Blanco tequilas. Heck, during that time there weren’t any celebrity endorsed spirits at all. If a celebrity liked a particular brand, they bought it and enjoyed it, just like the rest of us mere mortals. John Wayne, the most iconic celebrity of all time, was well known for his capacity to imbibe.

It’s a given considering his cowboy image that he enjoyed whiskey, but the Duke’s drink of choice was tequila. His favorite tequila, the tequila he once gifted a couple of cases to Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, can still be found today…usually on the bottom shelf below a certain former Batman’s agave juice and for far cheaper.

That tequila is Sauza Conmemorativo. It’s an Anejo usually priced under $20 that punches above its cost class.  Bourbon drinkers will be familiar with the notes of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar offered by the Conmemorativo, along with subtle hints of pepper and tropical fruit.

The Rancho Clara combines Sauza Conmemorativo, Topo Chico mineral water, and muddled blackberries to form a refreshing riff on the Ranch Water cocktail that is popular in South Texas – a place with a rich heritage of sprawling ranches and oversized cowboy personas. A place where John Wayne would’ve felt right at home.


  • Handful fresh blackberries
  • 2.5 oz. Sauza Conmemorativo Anejo Tequila
  • 4-6 oz. Topo Chico Mineral Water
  • Lime garnish


  1. Put blackberries into Collins Glass and muddle very well.
  2. Add ice to fill the glass.
  3. Slowly pour tequila over ice.
  4. Fill to top with Topo Chico and add lime garnish.


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Amanda & Drew Duffer


Amanda and Drew live in Phoenix, Arizona with their three kids. When they aren't traveling, the couple can be found planning their next great adventure or creating unique versions of traditional favorites. Amanda and Drew both live by the creed of “live like the locals” wherever they go and truly enjoy the terroir of the food and drinks they experience in new locales.

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  • lamar addy says:

    gonna try ASAP. sounds very good

  • John says:

    One thing I’ve learned in the alcohol business, and life in general, is you don’t have to tear down one thing in order to build another up.
    Also, the irony of complaining about celebrities and then talking about John Wayne as nauseum… LOL