Ahead of World Cocktail Day on May 13th, the largest producer of spirits worldwide has searched the globe for the current favourite cocktail.

Diageo produces the largest selection of spirits in the world. Their best sellers include Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, Bulleit Bourbon, Tanqueray gin and Ketel One vodka. They have recently finished researching the world’s favourite cocktail by communicating with bartenders across the globe.

The number one cocktail has been revealed to be the Old Fashioned. Traditionally made using a Bourbon or rye whiskey it is said to be the companies Bulleit Bourbon to now lead the way as the main ingredient. Easy to make, even at home the perfect Old Fashioned consists of a crushed sugar cube, coated with four dashes of Angostura bitters and 2oz Bulleit Bourbon. Served with ice in a short tumbler glass, it is to be garnished with orange peel.

Following closely behind, in second place is the Negroni. An Italian inspired cocktail, the Negroni is made of 0.75oz of gin, 0.75oz of Campari and 0.75oz of sweet vermouth. Best mixed together with ice using a cocktail shaker before straining into a cocktail glass or small tumbler and finishing it off with a decorative twist of orange peel.

In third, fourth and fifth places were the Whisky Sour, Margarita and Moscow Mule. With Daiquiri, Manhattan, Dry Martini, Espresso Martini and Tom Collins also making it into the top ten.

Reports from the IWSR have shown a drop in both beer and wine sales over recent years whilst spirits and cocktails are continuously seen to increase.

“We surveyed the world’s best bartenders from the four corners of the globe and it is incredible to see the renaissance of these important and timeless cocktails picking up pace everywhere,” says Global Cocktailian, Lauren Mote. “The cocktail revolution is here and it is time to embrace it”.

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Jennifer Hardy
Jennifer is a writer for various websites mainly on the topics of travel, leisure, and whiskey mainly around Europe. She is originally from England, now living in Spain. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found swimming or snorkeling during the summer and hiking in the mountains, equipped with a rucksack and tent during the winter months. You can visit her blogs at www.whiskyadventurers.com, www.tripstipstravelstastes.com, and www.jennifersdesk.com.