Scotch whiskey is only made in Scotland, as the name implies. There are three main types of Scotch: vatted malt, single malt and blended. All of these take at least three years to make, ageing in charred wooden barrels. Blended whiskeys are the most common because they're the least labour-intensive to make, cheapest, and generally people prefer the taste, which isn't as intense as a single-malt whiskey.
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Scotch with a side of water is called "neat" and is the most traditional mixer for Scotch whiskey. The intended effect is to cut the harshness of the alcohol and make a strong whiskey a bit smoother. Like straight scotch, it's meant to be sipped.
Dark cola, like Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper are best to mask the bitter taste of an inexpensive blended whiskey. The cloying sweetness of soda is sometimes paired with maraschino cherries in order to take the edge off completely. This flavour is reminiscent of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, which has sugar combined with bitters.
Vermouth comes in two varieties: sweet or "Italian" and dry or "French". It's made from fortified wine mulled with spices. Its complex flavours pair well with smoky liquors like brandy and whiskey. The most well-known vermouth/Scotch whiskey mix is the Manhattan, which is made with sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters, made from flowers.
Lemon juice is the secondary component of a Whiskey Sour and part of a Hot Toddy, an alcoholic cocktail served hot supposedly for curative or therapeutic purposes. The sharpness of lemon complements the subtle flavours of whiskey, rather than smoothing them out or masking them. This is commonly the use for acidic or sour flavours.
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