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Jason Perlow

Club Soda versus Seltzer

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I realize this sounds like an inane question, but when would you use one over the other? Are there particular drinks where one is more suitable than the other?

(Note for those who think they are the same: They are not. Seltzer is just carbonated water, whereas Club Soda has other additives as well, including sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, sodium phosphate and sodium citrate in it.)

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Hate to say it, but that's one of those things I generally ignore. I use whatever comes to hand.

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This is one of the grand mysteries of the univese as to why they both exist in the first place. They do taste somewhat different and have a different mouthfeel, though. I'm wondering if the Seltzer/Club Soda thing is a East Coast/West Coast thing or if it has to do with cultural differences in mixology.

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