Water Break

Author: Andrew Huber
We know you come here for honest, expert ratings of alcoholic beverages, so rating water probably seems like a waste of time, right? Absolutely not. Throughout history, water was the original mixer. No respectable Roman would drink unwatered wine, and no pirate or sailor would drink straight rum without adding water to create grog. Even when drinking whisky neat, connoisseurs often add several drops of water to open up the flavors. Whisky and water is a timeless combination, so it’s our duty to inform you which water makes the perfect highball cocktail.

4th Place: This Water Schwepped Us Away

4th Place: This Water Schwepped Us Away

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You know it, you've drank it, you can buy it in what seems like every single supermarket, bodega, and convenience store in the world; Schweppes Club Soda makes every drink it's added to better. This quintessential club soda's tight, energetic bubbles are reminiscent of a fine brut champagne without overpowering the spirit in your beverage. And the best part is when you run out, you probably only have to walk a block or two to find a new bottle.

3rd Place: The Other Canadian Club

3rd Place: The Other Canadian Club

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I promise, we didn't just grab the first waters we could find in the store. There's a reason why these mass-market club sodas are ubiquitous, and our judges have proved it – they earned their spot on the shelves of America. Canada Dry Club Soda has 'vigorous' carbonation which diffuses the essence of the spirit it is mixed with to enhance it's aromas. Despite being unflavored, our tasters could detect hints of citrus, lemon, and even melon ball, which pairs perfectly with the dessert notes of the whiskies we judged.

2nd Place: This Q is No Hoax

2nd Place: This Q is No Hoax

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Even the best water is always going to play second fiddle in a cocktail, and that's OK. In a classic highball, the water's job is to bring out additional flavors in the whisky and allow the spirit to shine, and that's exactly what our tasting panel said Q Club Soda does. Q tips it's hand by coming in a classy, minimalist 6.7 ounce glass bottle which telegraphs the quality of the water within. Once opened, the first thing our judges noticed was it's 'explosive carbonation,' followed by the revelation of a 'crisp, clean, and focused' club soda. In addition to a highball, this simple elixir can stand by itself, or be used in the classic hangover cure of bitters and soda.

1st Place: The Mexican Water That is more than OK to Drink

1st Place: The Mexican Water That is more than OK to Drink

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When it comes to sparkling water, generally the smaller the bubbles the better. This is where Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water really excels, and our judges commended its 'velvety mousse of bubbles' that brought our highball to the next level. And it doesn't stop there, try Topo Chico in any cocktail that calls for club soda or sparkling water, like a refreshing Spritz Al Bitter, made with white wine and Campari, or a classic Rickey.

4th Place: This Water Schwepped Us Away
3rd Place: The Other Canadian Club
2nd Place: This Q is No Hoax
1st Place: The Mexican Water That is more than OK to Drink
Water Break
We know you come here for honest, expert ratings of alcoholic beverages, so rating water probably seems like a waste of time, right? Absolutely not. Throughout history, water was the original mixer. No respectable Roman would drink unwatered wine, and no pirate or sailor would drink straight rum without adding water to create grog. Even when drinking whisky neat, connoisseurs often add several drops of water to open up the flavors. Whisky and water is a timeless combination, so it’s our duty to inform you which water makes the perfect highball cocktail.

4th Place: This Water Schwepped Us Away

4th Place: This Water Schwepped Us Away
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
You know it, you've drank it, you can buy it in what seems like every single supermarket, bodega, and convenience store in the world; Schweppes Club Soda makes every drink it's added to better. This quintessential club soda's tight, energetic bubbles are reminiscent of a fine brut champagne without overpowering the spirit in your beverage. And the best part is when you run out, you probably only have to walk a block or two to find a new bottle.

3rd Place: The Other Canadian Club

3rd Place: The Other Canadian Club
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
I promise, we didn't just grab the first waters we could find in the store. There's a reason why these mass-market club sodas are ubiquitous, and our judges have proved it – they earned their spot on the shelves of America. Canada Dry Club Soda has 'vigorous' carbonation which diffuses the essence of the spirit it is mixed with to enhance it's aromas. Despite being unflavored, our tasters could detect hints of citrus, lemon, and even melon ball, which pairs perfectly with the dessert notes of the whiskies we judged.

2nd Place: This Q is No Hoax

2nd Place: This Q is No Hoax
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Even the best water is always going to play second fiddle in a cocktail, and that's OK. In a classic highball, the water's job is to bring out additional flavors in the whisky and allow the spirit to shine, and that's exactly what our tasting panel said Q Club Soda does. Q tips it's hand by coming in a classy, minimalist 6.7 ounce glass bottle which telegraphs the quality of the water within. Once opened, the first thing our judges noticed was it's 'explosive carbonation,' followed by the revelation of a 'crisp, clean, and focused' club soda. In addition to a highball, this simple elixir can stand by itself, or be used in the classic hangover cure of bitters and soda.

1st Place: The Mexican Water That is more than OK to Drink

1st Place: The Mexican Water That is more than OK to Drink
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
When it comes to sparkling water, generally the smaller the bubbles the better. This is where Topo Chico Sparkling Mineral Water really excels, and our judges commended its 'velvety mousse of bubbles' that brought our highball to the next level. And it doesn't stop there, try Topo Chico in any cocktail that calls for club soda or sparkling water, like a refreshing Spritz Al Bitter, made with white wine and Campari, or a classic Rickey.