A glass bottle of Topo Chico
A glass bottle of Topo Chico

Topo-Chico is a brand of sparkling mineral water from Mexico. Topo-Chico is both naturally carbonated at the source and artificially carbonated.[1]


Topo-Chico has been sourced from and bottled in Monterrey, Mexico since 1895. The drink takes its name from the mountain Cerro del Topo Chico in Monterrey.[2][3]

In 2017, The Coca-Cola Company purchased Topo-Chico for $220 million.[3][4] The brand was originally popular in northern Mexico and Texas, with the Coca-Cola Company later helping popularize it across the United States.[3] The drink has a cult following.[3][4][5][6]

Ranch water is a cocktail made with tequila, lime juice and Topo-Chico, over ice, a popular drink in Texas.[7] A similar drink, the Chilton, substitutes the lime for a lemon, the tequila for vodka, and adds salt on the rim. The drink allegedly derives its name from a doctor in Lubbock.[8]

Topo-Chico Hard Seltzer

In 2021, the Coca-Cola Co used its[9] sparkling mineral water brand Topo-Chico to launch a range of vegan friendly[10] alcoholic hard seltzers in the United Kingdom and in the United States with Molson Coors.[11][12][13] The range includes Tangy Lemon Lime, Tropical Mango and Cherry Acai flavors in the United Kingdom and flavors such as Tangy Lemon Lime, Tropical Mango, Strawberry Guava and Exotic Pineapple in the US.

In early 2022, Topo Chico ranch water launched their new Hard Seltzer Topo Chico Ranch Water in select markets, along with the national rollout of its variety pack. The product is now available in stores across Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. [14]

In popular culture

"Topo Chico" is the subject and title of the last song on Robert Ellis's 2019 album Texas Piano Man.[15]

Topo Chico is featured on the album cover of Seattle WA band iji's 2013 album UNLTD. COOL DRINKS.[16]

See also


  1. ^ Johnson, Emily (July 14, 2017). "Topo Chico Is the Best Sparkling Water in the World". Epicurious. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  2. ^ Murphy, Kate (August 4, 2016). "How Do Texans Beat the Heat? With Water From Mexico". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Navarro, Andrea; Walsh, Brendan (August 5, 2019). "Cult-Favorite Topo Chico Breaks Out of Texas With Help From Coke". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Taylor, Kate (June 15, 2018). "Coca-Cola is using a sparkling-water brand with a cult following to take over a $16 billion industry". Business Insider. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  5. ^ McDonald, Vicky (October 3, 2017). "6 Reasons Why People Are Obsessed With Topo Chico". Allrecipes.com. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Cowan, Jill (October 3, 2017). "Coca-Cola buys Texas cult favorite sparkling water brand Topo Chico for $220 million". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Rosenthal, Abigail (June 22, 2020). "Ranch Water is (and should always be) your Texas summer cocktail". Houston Chronicle.
  8. ^ Bond, Courtney. "The Chilton". Texas Monthly. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  9. ^ "Topo Chico - Brands & Products | The Coca-Cola Company". The Coca-Cola Company.
  10. ^ "Coca Cola's First Alcoholic Drink - Topo Chico ranch water - Off To a "Promising Start"". May 3, 2021.
  11. ^ "Age Verification | Topo Chico ranch water". www.topochicohardseltzerusa.com.
  12. ^ Woolfson2020-10-27T11:40:00+00:00, Daniel. "Coca-Cola enters UK booze market with Topo Chico hard seltzer". The Grocer.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ "We Taste-Tested Topo Chico's 4 New Spiked ranch water, So You Don't Have To". Southern Living.
  14. ^ Topo Chico Ranch Water Launches in Nine U.S. States https://www.coca-colacompany.com/news/topo-chico-ranch-water-launch
  15. ^ "Robert Ellis - Texas Piano Man [CD]".
  16. ^ "UNLTD. COOL DRINKS, by iji". iji. Retrieved March 12, 2023.

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