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The world's best-selling classic gin cocktails of 2022 have been revealed! Check them out...

The world's best-selling classic gin cocktails of 2022 have been revealed! Check them out...

Jan 10, 2023

Drinks International has just released its list of the fifty best-selling classic cocktails in the world for 2022 and everyone here at Craft Gin Club HQ is very excited to see that a gin-based cocktail has taken the top spot!

To create their list, Drinks International go to one-hundred bars around the world to ask them to compile a list of their best-selling cocktails. They then use that data to find out which cocktails have been sold the most.

Of course, the usual suspects like Margarita (placed fourth) and Old Fashioned (placed second) are on the list. But it is interesting to see that once-lesser-known cocktails like a Boulevardier (placed twelfth) and a Paloma (placed fourteenth) have made the list too.

And we were more than happy to see that gin-based cocktails have taken fourteen positions in the top-fifty list. That means that twenty-eight per cent (over one quarter) of the world’s best-selling cocktails contain our favourite spirit.

Can you guess which gin cocktails made the top fifty? Is your favourite on the list? Scroll down to discover the world’s best-selling gin cocktails of 2022…

The fourteen best-selling classic gin cocktails in the world for 2022:

14. Corpse Reviver #2

Corpse Reviver No.2 14th best-selling gin cocktail

Placed 48th on the overall best-selling classic cocktails list, this heady concoction is a mix of gin, Lillet Blanc (a French wine-based aperitif), orange liqueur (often a triple sec like Cointreau), lemon juice and a dash of absinthe. Both Corpse Reviver No. 1 and No. 2 are so named because they were thought of as pick-me-ups, prescribed by bartenders to help patrons deal with the effects of the night before.

Discover the perfect Corpse Reviver No. 2 recipe right here!

13. The Last Word

The Last Word cocktail, 13th best-selling gin cocktail

A fabulous mix of gin, Chartreuse Green Liqueur (a herbal French liqueur), Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime juice, this prohibition-era concoction is the 43rd best-selling classic cocktail in the world. The story behind its name is a little hazy but it is thought to have been taken from the performances of the early 19th-Century comedic actor Frank Fogarty, who would open his show with a comedy song and close it with something more serious.

Find Craft Gin Club’s fantastic The Last Word cocktail recipe at this link!

12. Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky best-selling gin cocktails

This classic gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet Branca cocktail recipe was invented at The Savoy Hotel in London by their first-ever female bartender Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman in 1903. Over one-hundred years later, it’s great to see that this fantastic serve hasn’t lost its draw. Coming in at 40th on the list of all best-selling cocktails, Ada first made this cocktail for the famous actor Charles Hawtrey, who said “By Jove! That is the real hanky panky!” after draining the glass.

Find Craft Gin Club’s recipe for a Classic Hanky Panky here!

11. Ramos Gin Fizz

Ramos Gin Fizz world best-selling gin cocktail

This creamy take on a Gin Fizz is the 39th best-selling classic cocktail in the world, and for good reason. First created in 1888 in New Orleans by Henry Charles ‘Carl’ Ramos at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon, it’s a bubbly, foamy, fragrant mix of gin, orange flower water, cream, egg white, soda water and citrus juice that is simply divine.

Try Craft Gin Club’s chocolatey take on a Ramos Gin Fizz right here!

10. Bee’s Knees

Bee's Knees best-selling gin cocktail

The classic Bee’s Knees came in at 36th overall on Drinks International’s list. A product of the Rairing Twenties said to be invented by famed Titanic survivor Molly Brown in a Parisian women-only bar, we could definitely see sophisticated, interesting characters sipping away at this combination of gin, honey (hence the name) and lemon juice. Yum!

Find the perfect Bee’s Knees cocktail recipe right here!

9. Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea best-selling cocktails with gin

Whether this punchy cocktail, the 35th entry on Drinks International’s list, was invented in Long Island, New York or Long Island, Tennessee is hotly debated. What isn’t so controversial is its complex, vibrant, wonderfully moreish flavour, which comes from a mix of gin, vodka, rum, tequila, Cointreau, citrus juices and cola, which has remained popular with cocktail drinkers through to 2022.

Discover the perfect Lond Island Iced Tea recipe at this link!

8. Aviation

best-selling gin cocktails Aviation

The 34th best-selling classic cocktail in the world for 2022, the classic Aviation cocktail recipe, which was first recorded by New York bartender Huge Enslinn in 1916 (predating Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin by over one-hundred years), takes gin and adds Crème de Violette and Maraschino liqueur to give you a fragrant, floral, fruity experience that is simply sublime.

You can learn how to make an Aviation cocktail at home right here!

7. Vesper Martini

Vesper Martini 7th best-selling gin cocktail

Invented in 1950 at London’s Duke’s Hotel and popularised by Ian Flemming’s iconic spy James Bond in Casino Royale, the Vesper is a martini made with gin, vodka and white vermouth (usually Lillet Blanc). This glamorous classic cocktail made it to the 33rd position on Drink’s Internationals list and is well-deserving of that position.

Have a go at the perfect Vesper recipe at this link!

6. Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz 6th best-selling gin cocktail 2022

The classic Gin Fizz, a recipe first printed in Jerry Thomas’ The Bar-tenders Guide (1876), was the 23rd best-selling cocktail in the world for 2022. One sip and it’s easy to see why it is so popular. A simple yet oh-so-effective cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, egg white and soda water, it’s light and bright and refreshing in all of the right places.

Learn how to make the classic Gin Fizz cocktail here!

5. Clover Club

Clover Club 5th best-selling gin cocktail in the world

The classic Clover Club is so pretty and pink! It’s no wonder it’s the 21st best-selling cocktail in the world. And it’s not just good to look at either, every sip is brimming with gin, raspberry, citrus and vermouth flavours that are so yummy. You can track this cocktail’s history back to a member’s club of the same name that would meet at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, where the cocktail was invented.

Find a stunning Clover Club cocktail recipe at this link!

4. Gimlet

Gimlet 4th best-selling gin cocktail

Possibly one of the oldest gin cocktails on this list, invented around 1867 on English naval vessels when sailors were made to take citrus juice with their gin to ward off scurvy, the Gimlet is traditionally made with just two ingredients: gin and lime juice. That basic mix has been capturing our imaginations ever since, making it the 18th best-selling cocktail in the world for 2022.

Learn how to make the perfect Gimlet here!

3. French 75

French 75 3rd best-selling gin cocktail in the world

Gin and champagne will always be a popular mix. Who doesn’t love a bit of bubbly? So it’s no surprise that the French 75 placed 17th on Drinks International’s list of best-selling classic cocktails. First conceived at the New York bar in Paris in 1915, it’s an elegant combination of gin, lemon juice and that all-important champers. Yes, please!

Get the most amazing French 75 recipe at this link

2. Dry Martini

Martini 2nd best-selling gin cocktail

The third best-selling classic cocktail in the world for 2022 is the classic Dry Martini. This iconic cocktail, which should always be stirred not shaken, is a beautifully balanced mix of gin and vermouth and that’s it. From there you can add a garnish of lemon rind if you wish, olives and olive brine to make it a Dirty Martini or pickled onions to make it a Gibson or marmalade to make it a Breakfast Martini.

Craft Gin Club has everything you need to know about martinis right here!


Negroni 1st best-selling gin cocktail in the world

The best-selling cocktail in the world (gin or otherwise) is the Negroni! That’s right, this perfect balance of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, with its delectably bitter-sweet aromas, is the best-selling cocktail of 2022. Invented at the Bar Casoni in Florence in the early 20th century for one Count Camillo Negroni, this delicious cocktail has grown in popularity in recent years to be a fan favourite for gin aficionados and cocktails connoisseurs alike. Congratulations and cheers to the Negroni!

If you would like to learn how to make the perfect Negroni at home then you can find a brilliantly easy Negroni recipe at this link

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