Once again, we asked our 100 global bars to rank their best-selling classic cocktails and a new champion has emerged this year.

Probably of all the leagues in the Annual Brands Report, a place in the Bartenders’ Choice list is the most sought-after among brands.

Brands Report editor Hamish Smith explains the methodolgy behind the report's polling system.

The Drinks International Annual Brands Report 2022 has launched.

Norway has banned alcohol sales in bars and restaurants for a month in a bid to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

Brown-Forman has raised its full-year sales outlook in anticipation of supply chain disruption easing in the months ahead.

Drinks International's Global Bar Edition, which includes the official guide to The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021, has launched in digital form.

Connaught Bar from London was named the World’s Best Bar for the second year running in The World’s 50 Best Bars list, which was unveiled at the annual ceremony at Roundhouse in London tonight (December 7).

Online sales of alcoholic beverages in 16 key global markets will increase by 66% over the next five years, according to projections from IWSR.

The new chief executive of AB InBev has set a core profit growth target of 4% to 8% for the medium-term.

Irish Distillers recently introduced the fourth release in its eagerly anticipated Midleton Very Rare Dair Ghaelach collection.

AB InBev has signed a 20-year deal to replace Heineken as the main beer supplier to UK pub giant JD Wetherspoon.

The former British ambassador to Argentina will succeed Karen Betts as the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association.

Glenfiddich has teamed up with the Goodwood sporting estate for an auction that will raise money for the Race Against Dementia charity.

Diageo’s share price increased this morning after the company revealed that it expects to enjoy organic net sales growth of at least 16% in the six months to December 31, 2021.

Fok Hing Gin has fallen foul of the industry-funded UK drinks industry watchdog for using offensive language.

Camden Town Brewery aims to save Christmas from bad gift givers in its first ever festive TV ad campaign.

The World’s 50 Best Bars has released the shortlist for its inaugural Siete Misterios Best Cocktail Menu award.

Manachain Monaghan from the UK has been crowned global champion of Flor de Caña Rum’s Sustainable Cocktail Challenge with his ‘Steamship’ cocktail.

South African cream liqueur brand Amarula has launched a vegan variant to serve the growing proportion of consumers that are adopting plant-based diets.

Leading Cap Classique producer Graham Beck has released a double bill of South African sparklers called Yin & Yang.

Industry charity The Drinks Trust is holding its first annual charity auction, ‘Cream of the Crop’, to raise funds for those who produce and pour drinks across the UK.

A rare collection of six Highland single malts from The Dalmore fetched a record $1,124,000 bid at an auction in Hong Kong.

Alison Levett, the former chief executive of Enotria, was recently appointed to the role of non-executive chair at leading wine supplier Berkmann Wine Cellars. She discusses her vision for the company and the key traits and values required for a wine agency to thrive in the years ahead.

UK gin producers have called upon Chancellor Rishi Sunak to freeze duty on spirits after revealing that exports have plummeted 35% as a result of the pandemic.

Buffalo Trace Distillery will not release a George T. Stagg expression this year after deciding that the 15-year-old barrels do not meet the right taste standards.

Chivas Brothers has teamed up with luxury fashion house Balmain to launch a limited-edition Balmain x Chivas XV collection.

Prince Charles has officially opened the new Johnnie Walker store and global visitor centre in Edinburgh.

Hatch Mansfield managing director Patrick McGrath MW is stepping up to the newly created role of chairman.

Women of the Vine & Spirits has announced a new non-profit arm which has awarded scholarships to 59 candidates, totalling $159,700 in 2021.

Italian winery Cantine Sgarzi had launched two canned wines into the European market under its Ciao range.

The American Bar at The Savoy in London will reopen for business on October 4.

The former chairman of baijiu giant Kweichow Moutai has been sentenced to life in prison for taking 112.9 million yuan ($17.5 million) in bribes.

Royal Tokaji believes its 2017 Aszú wines are on a par with the greatest vintages in its history: 1993, 1999, 2000, 2003, and 2008.

London Cocktail Week has once again been extended to the whole month of October for 2021 and the full trade schedule has been released.

Tidal Rum aims to raise at least £150,000 after launching an equity crowdfunding campaign on the Seedrs platform.

Irish whiskey producer Bushmills has unveiled a collection of 12 rare single malts aged in a variety of casks.

Popular trade show Cape Wine will return to Cape Town from October 5-7, 2022.

On-trade sales in Canada have climbed 4% higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to new data from CGA.

DoorDash is taking on Uber and Instacart by launching an alcohol delivery service in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Spirits giant Pernod Ricard has signed an agreement to acquire The Whisky Exchange from founders Sukhinder and Rajbir Singh.

Glenmorangie has launched limited-edition packaging for its 18 Years Old variant to celebrate its partnership with botanical sculptor Azuma Makoto.

Diageo has announced plans to build a new research and development centre in Shanghai to further its product innovation and development in China.

UK craft brewer Vocation has invested in a redesign for its entire range.

Boston Beer Company saw its share price plummet by almost 10% yesterday after weak demand for hard seltzer forced it to pull its earnings guidance.

Irish Distillers has launched an experimental distillate called Method and Madness Rye and Malt.

French wine production will fall to its lowest levels since 1970 after late spring frosts ravaged several regions, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.

Diageo has opened its Johnnie Walker visitor centre on Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh.

Pernod Ricard has taken a minority stake in the New York-based wine and spirits producer Sovereign Brands.

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