Mixology and bartending are art just like painting or photography, and this notion is proved by the fact that global alcohol drinks brands and companies like Stella Artois, 42BELOW, Pernod Picard, Belvedere Vodka launch cups, competitions and communities to celebrate the best professionals in the field. Brown-Forman’s Finlandia Vodka brand is hosting another competition, the 14th Annual International Finlandia Vodka Cup, on February 1, 2012 to pay tribute to bartenders who reached perfection in what they do. The brand is calling the industry representatives to join the competition by submitting an application online at www.finlandia.com—the brand will shortlist 19 entrants and the global audience will choose another one, and all of them will head to Finlandia to fight for the title of the champion and win a total of $25,000.

The less time is left before Christmas, the more campaign and projects roll out to celebrate one of the most waited holidays of the year around the globe. But on November 12, Smirnoff shifted the attention of global audience to another large-scale event, announced back in August. The world’s number one selling vodka arranged a series ‘swapped’ parties across the globe as part of The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, which also included an exclusive international high-profile dance competition to select one major winner to join Madonna’s dance crew.

This fall, Smirnoff is treating its fans with a bunch of treats, both entertainment and drinkable. The iconic vodka brand, which has launched spinoffs of its two successful projects, The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange and Master of the Mix, is now introducing two new flavored vodkas, Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow—to toast the highly anticipated second installments of the initiatives. According to the brand, the new additions to its portfolio are “to offer adult consumers a line of premium spirits that, similar to that memorable bachelorette party or a classic guys’ night out, are fun, sophisticated, and cleverly wicked.” These new products are all about sweetness and female nature, which can be both sassy and gentle.

Smirnoff rolls out the Season 2 premiere of its reality television show, Master of the Mix that was launched last fall for the first time. To deliver the show on screens, the leading vodka brand is partnering with BET Networks, the US leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. 

Belvedere, the world’s first super premium vodka, announced its partnership with (RED) and the launch of a Special Edition Bottle to raise proceeds for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria™. The initiative, which was launched in February in the U.S., now comes to the United Kingdom. 50% of profits from the global sale of BELVEDERE (PRODUCT)RED ™ Special Edition Bottle will contribute to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.