scotch & soda

A HEAVENLY HIGHBALL Ice will chill your Scotch. Water will dilute it. But topping your Dewar's® White Label, the most awarded Scotch in the world, with the fizz of soda water is truly transforming. In the words of David Embury in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, "It adds to the drink a tang, a zip, a zest, a sparkle. A good carbonated beverage actually points up and enhances the flavor of the liquor." Adding soda to Dewar's® White Label reveals aromas of honey, subtle sweetness and a curl of smoke, so whether you order America's favorite Scotch as a highball or as Scotch and Soda, the result is both refreshing and surprisingly sophisticated.

THE SCOTCH & SODA TODAY

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Dewar's® White Label and soda. Stir gently. Add lemon wedge if desired.

FRESH TAKES

Try these simple ways to take this classic cocktail in new directions.
  1. Replace regular soda with ginger ale, bitter lemon or tonic.
  2. Try Dewar's® 12 and soda for a top-shelf highball
  3. Shake 2 parts Dewar's®, 1 part fresh lemon juice and 3/4 part sugar syrup with ice. Strain, and add ice and soda for a Dewar's® Tommy Collins.
  4. Add a dash of a complementary cordial, like apricot or cherry.

HISTORY OF THE SCOTCH & SODA

1783 Watchmaker and amateur scientist Johann Jacob Schweppe founds the Schweppes Company in Geneva. It produces the first commercial carbonated water, based on a process discovered by Joseph Priestley in 1770.

1895 English stage actor E.J. Ratcliffe enters the Manhattan bar of leading New York bartender Patrick Gavin Duffy and requests a "Scotch Highball," regarded as America's first introduction to the Scotch and Soda.

1899 A.J. Cameron, Dewar's® first Master Blender, pioneers new blending techniques to marry whiskies by region of origin before the creation of the final blend, developing the perfectly balanced taste of Dewar's® White Label and pledging, "It never varies."

1939 With the Scotch and Soda booming in America, cocktail author Charles H. Baker Jr. writes that Scotch's "main value is in a highball called 'whiskysoda' around the civilized and uncivilized world."

1953 Writer Ian Fleming introduces the world to fictional agent James Bond, code name 007. While Bond sips Martinis in many films, Scotch and Soda is his preferred drink, ordered a total of 21 times in print.

1956 Italian singer Renato Carosone writes the perennial hit tune "Tu Vuó Fà L'Americano," famously performed in The Talented Mr. Ripley, about an Italian who pretends to be American by adopting a love of baseball, rock 'n' roll and Whisky and Soda.

1963 As part of his stage act, Dean Martin asks, "So, does anybody have a little drinky-poo for me?" Then shocks the audience by snatching a Scotch and Soda from a nearby table. The staff plants the drink, his personal favorite, before each show.

1964 Newly elected President Lyndon B. Johnson is fond of leading a motorcade around his Texas ranch in a Lincoln Continental convertible while sipping Scotch and Soda from a white styrofoam cup. With a shake of the cup, he signals Secret Service agents for a refill.