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Aug. 7, 2023
Adding a bubbly mixer to your cocktail can truly make it shine. The extra effervescence allows for a full-sensory experience — a delight for the palate, nose and eyes. But do you know the key differences among them? From club soda to soda water, here’s a full breakdown.
A mixer is technically just anything you mix with a spirit. The best mixers for vodkas are nearly limitless. Mixers can be juice, soda, espresso — pretty much any liquid. But the mixers we’re focusing on here are the more typical carbonated ones: soda, soda water, club soda, seltzer water, sparkling water and tonic water.
Fizzy mixers are a great way to bring effervescence to your cocktails. But what are these mixers called exactly? Here’s a breakdown of common terms so you can keep them all straight:
Soda water and tonic water are quite different. Soda water is simply carbonated water, so it has the same taste as plain water. Tonic water, on the other hand, is carbonated water that contains quinine and most often a sweetener. This gives it a slightly bitter taste that adds complex depth to cocktails. That’s why it’s often mixed with vodka or gin.
If you want a dash of bitterness, but not too much, you can try making a Vodka Sonic with both soda and tonic water.
We wouldn’t recommend substituting tonic water for soda water in your cocktail recipes. This is because the added bitterness of tonic water can really alter the flavour profile of your drink. That could spell disaster for a sweeter drink, like the GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Flavoured Vodka and Sparkling Water.
Staying hydrated with water is always a good idea. Soda water is simply Calorie-free carbonated water, so it’s just as hydrating as regular water. Tonic water, on the other hand, often contains sweeteners (and thus Calories), so you’ll want to keep that in mind.
Spritzers or spritzes are not mixers at all, but rather vodka cocktails made with soda water or something else bubbly, served over ice.
You can search through all our recipes and have fun experimenting with different kinds of mixers. How will you mix things up?