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Old 08-05-2007, 09:58 PM   #1
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Club soda vs. Tonic vs. Seltzer water

What is the difference between club soda, tonic, and seltzer water? To me they all just seem like carbonated water. When would you use one over the other in a drink?

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Club soda and seltzer are the same thing. They can be used for mixers or some people like them with a squeeze of lemon or lime just to drink.

Tonic is sweetened and used to mix with gin or vodka, among other things.

Club soda is also good for cleaning little specs of red wine out of carpet
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:15 PM   #3
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Tonic water is flavored with quinine or a synthetic equivalent and is used to make gin and tonic. Club soda and seltzer are unflavored carbonated water.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:02 PM   #4
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What is the difference between club soda, tonic, and seltzer water? To me they all just seem like carbonated water. When would you use one over the other in a drink?
As kitchenelf stated, seltzer and club soda are basically the same deal. Tonic water is carbonated water that is made somewhat bitter by quinine but which is also sweetened. (I cannot describe the taste; you just have to try it!)

As a general rule, tonic is a good mixer for vodka and gin, but it's uncommon to mix it with "brown" liquor. Club soda, on the other hand, is not only a common mixer for vodka and gin, but also for bourbon and scotch.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:03 PM   #5
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Allow me to go on record as proclaiming that there is nothing, absolutely nothing quite so refreshing on a hot day as a good cold gin and tonic (preferrably with Schweppes).
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Allow me to go on record as proclaiming that there is nothing, absolutely nothing quite so refreshing on a hot day as a good cold gin and tonic (preferrably with Schweppes).

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Allow me to go on record as proclaiming that there is nothing, absolutely nothing quite so refreshing on a hot day as a good cold gin and tonic (preferrably with Schweppes).
All I can do is agree, and add that a bit of freshly squeezed lime is a must.

The gin and tonic is a mighty fine drink!
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:13 PM   #8
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Club soda may not be the same as seltzer water. When I was a kid we used to buy club soda in the bottles (like Hoffman). I was never all that keen on them. Then my brother, who liked seltzer with his whiskey, got the stuff delievered in those thick spritzer bottles. Boy was that stuff good. Later found out that many of the club soda bottlers add some type of salt, including table salt, to water when making the club soda. Whereas seltzer is just water with carbon dioxide.

At least that is as I understand it.
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Allow me to go on record as proclaiming that there is nothing, absolutely nothing quite so refreshing on a hot day as a good cold gin and tonic (preferrably with Schweppes).
Ixnay the Ginay.

Vodka for me.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:16 PM   #10
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club soda contains SALT
seltzer does not, simply carbonation
quinine is flavored with quinine and SUGAR or sweetener
QUinine mixes with clear liquors and citrus, the other two with whiskeys
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