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Which Brown Liquor Goes with Club Soda?

I've been drinking Maker's Mark and soda for some time, and recently someone pointed out that it's probably a bit of a waste for me to water down such nice bourbon.

So now (alas) I feel guilted into finding a new cocktail. What brown liquor generally mixes well with club soda? Rye, whiskey, scotch? Specific brand suggestions appreciated. Thank you!

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  1. scotch and soda is a classic - I like Teachers for a great and very reasonable (14 bucks) scotch. I enjoy it neat too!

    1. scotch and soda is a perfectly good drink. Use the blended stuff though (Dewars, JB). Like the Maker's, it'd be a waste to use a single malt, IMHO.
      Although a decent blended scotch will cost about the same(or more) as a better Bourbon.

      1. If you like bourbon, why not Jim Beam? Good flavor, and the raw edges disappear in a cocktail (or, more correctly, a highball). As for scotch, Teacher's and The Famous Grouse are blends that are good enough to drink straight. If you're just mixing with soda, Grant's and TJ's house blend are serviceable and cheap.

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        1. re: alanbarnes

          Jim Beam for me. raw edges? You must be thinking of jack. Jim is as smooth as any one could want.

          1. re: FrankJBN

            I'm not disparaging Beam--it's my drink of choice lately--just saying that it's a little young. For sipping neat, I prefer something with more age on it. Knob Creek, for example.

            As for JD, raw edges are the least of its problems. What amazes me is not just that people drink the stuff, but that they pay a premium for it. Go figure.

            1. re: FrankJBN

              I've enjoyed bourbon for years. And to me none of them are ever "smooth". They all have a certain alcohol bite (to me anyway). I've noticed though that as one goes up in price to the more expensive bourbons (e.g. Bookers) there is the same bite but there is also a pronounced richness of maple and other syrupy things.

              1. re: Chinon00

                try some Van Winke Family Reserve 21 year old. There's virtually no "bite" just smooth and caramely deliciousness.

          2. There will be those (me included) that will tell you adding soda to any whiskey is a waste.

            Drink what you like as you like it.

            Club soda is a neutral mixer. You can mix it with anything generally.

            1. pppffffttt...

              Don't let someone tell you that its wrong to drink your bourbon with club soda! There's no need to find a new cocktail - yours is just dandy.

              And so is mine: Van Winkle 12 year old with club soda.

              :-)