What To Mix With Scotch: Must-Try (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

When referring to Scotch, the first thing that comes to mind is “soda,” right? But what if we tell you that there are a lot of mixers that pair well with your favorite liquor? 

Today, let’s introduce you to must-try liquor mixers that will get you out of the Scotch-and-Soda-zone. Know what to mix with Scotch below.

8 Must-Try Drinks To Mix With Scotch 

1. Grapefruit Soda

2 glasses of grapefruit soda on a marble countertop

If you love Palomas, you will surely like the mix of Scotch and grapefruit soda. The flavors of Scotch are softened by the sweetness and roundness of this drink.

You need a bold soda like Ting, Jarritos, or Squirt to cut through the richness of the Scotch whisky (thanks to none of that New Age, lightly flavored grapefruit fizzy water). 

Scotches from the Highlands, which are known for being lighter and fruitier, pair exceptionally well with grapefruit mixers — one of the highly recommended Scotch mixers.

2. Ginger Ale

bottle of ginger ale with lemon and ginger on the table

Enjoy a delicious cocktail with just 2 ingredients by mixing Scotch with this traditional whiskey mixer – ginger ale.

Scotch and ginger ale is a classic combination because the liquor’s spiciness complements the ale’s subtle sweetness and fizz. Just add a few drops of lime juice and a large ice cube, and you’re good to go.

3. Bitters & Simple Syrup (Scotch Old Fashioned)

glass of old fashioned cocktail

Not sure what to mix with Scotch? Using just a dash of cocktail bitters or any simple syrup with a sugar cube, you can make an Old Fashioned. 

The Old Fashioned mixed drink has become one of the most well-known classic whiskey cocktails, and it’s one of our favorites, too.

If you’re a fan of Old Fashioned, you shouldn’t miss this combination. 

Read: Top Scotch Whiskies Under $200

4. Coke

hand pouring coca cola on a glass with ice

The combination of Scotch and Coke is another take on the classic Rum and Coke, which can be even more delicious. The Scotch’s vanilla and oak undertones and spicy finish perfectly complement the cola’s sugary caramel notes.

Coke generally pairs well with any whiskey drink (particularly in the bourbon area). You can squeeze lime into the Scotch and Coke mix to cut the sweetness.

5. Drambuie (Rusty Nail)

bottle of Drambuie with cocktail drink on the side

In order to avoid watering down your expensive Scotch, you can add a splash of Drambuie, a herbal honey liqueur made from Scotch. 

If you want to sip Scotch on Scotch with a touch of sweetness, this is the perfect addition to your Rusty Nail.

6. Lemon Juice

glass and pitcher of lemon juice on a wooden table with rose plant on the back

Want a refreshing summer drink? Do yourself a favor and make some Scotch lemonade. There are only two components needed to make this refreshing drink: Scotch and lemonade. 

The best citrus flavor comes from the lemonade, so use that. Then, mix it with your Scotch for a complete cocktail recipe. 

7. Amaretto (Godfather)

a glass of GodFather cocktail drink with ice and orange peel

Scotch mixed with amaretto is a sure winner. Amaretto in Scotch is all you need to make a Godfather, a cocktail with notes of green fruit and coffee with a sweet, smoky, nutty flavor. 

Once you try this mix, you can’t help yourself but approve of the sensual blend of flavors of this combination. Actually, even the late American actor Marlon Brando was once a fan of this authentic mix. 

8. Coconut Water

glass of coconut water with coconut fruit on the background

To combine Scotch from the wet, rough lands of Scotland with coconut water [1] from the warm, tropical Caribbean may seem like an odd pairing, but the result is a delicious cocktail. 

Blended Scotch’s inherent sweetness complements coconut water’s smoothness for a mellow drink that works equally well on either side of the Atlantic. 


How should I drink my Scotch?

You can drink Scotch neat, with sips of cool water in between. Some drinkers also add a few drops of water to their Scotch whisky, which can help the flavors open up.

Experiment and see what works wonders for your palate, but take it slowly at first. Don’t pour in too much water all at once.

How do you make Scotch taste good?

You can make Scotch taste good by adding a little water, ice, bitter agents, and Scotch mixers like the ones we’ve mentioned above.

Additionally, we recommend using whiskey glass and whiskey stones, with some garnishing of your choice, for a complete drinking experience. 

In Conclusion 

You should opt for something new to spice up your drinking experience. Give your normal Scotch drink a twist by mixing it with a variety of drinks to elevate the flavors. 

Aside from the classic soda mix, you can mix Scotch with grapefruit soda, ginger ale, amaretto, coconut water, coke, lemon juice, bitters & simple syrups, and more. 

Know that you can always explore and experiment.  



Lisa Dimarco

Lisa is a freelance lifestyle writer specializing in nightlife, leisure, and celebration. She has been in the field for eight years and has written articles featured in various local blogs and lifestyle magazines. For Lisa, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold drink after a rough day (she’s not fussy). But she also likes to get a bit fancy every now and then. She believes you can never go wrong with a Moscow Mule or a classic Daiquiri anywhere you go. Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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