Drinks International released its “World’s Best-Selling Classic Cocktails of 2022.” The website asked 100 global bars to rank their best-selling cocktails. After eight years, the Old Fashioned has been defeated.

2. Old Fashioned

  • The Old Fashioned may not be the most ordered classic in the world’s elite bars this year, but it’s still the most likely cocktail to find its way into a glass in 20% of bars polled and was among the top-two classics in a third. It was close enough to think the Old Fashioned could once again top our list. After all, this cocktail has been around forever –  traced to 1833 by historian David Wondrich – and remains a timeless classic. In its infancy, it would have been made with genever, rum or brandy (whiskey wasn’t what it is now), but these days make it with bourbon (or rye), sugar, Angostura bitters and an orange twist. Don’t forget to forget the cherries.

1. Negroni 

  • The king is dead. Long live the Negroni. Finally, after eight years as the best-supporting cocktail, the Negroni tops our list ahead of the vanguard tipple of the cocktail renaissance, the Old Fashioned. This bitter ruby serve has ridden the wave of the classic cocktail trend, the bitter-drinks trend, the gin trend, the aperitivo trend, the Italian bartenders taking over the best bars trend – everything was carrying it forward. More than a quarter of our sample of the world’s best bars said this was their number one classic and over half said it was among their top two serves. Traditionally, it’s made with thirds of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth but is adjusted to taste.
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