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Classic American cocktails are making a comeback thanks to bartenders who make the old school concoctions behind the bar and teach others how to shake and stir them, like TODAY’s Erica Hill and her co-hosts. “Shake is really important,” said master mixologist Michael MacDonnell. “You gotta be a sexy shaker.”

Swedish Culinary Summer brings royal chef to the Hamptons

By Kimberly L. Jackson/The Star-Ledger

Swedish Culinary Summer
Up for a drive to the Hamptons?

Deep pocketed folks who live or visit there will have a chance to sample Swedish food fit for royalty tomorrow when the executive chef to the Royal Court of Sweden presents a tasting that will include the slow-cooked egg hors d’oeuvre served at Princess Madeleine’s recent wedding.

“I have been cooking for the royal family for 17 years,” says Stefano Catenacci, also chef des cuisines at Operakällaren, a stately dining complex with four restaurants — one’s a nightclub — a cocktail bar, a wine cellar and event space in the shadow of the Stockholm Palace.

On Saturday in East Hampton, Catenacci will present a Swedish tasting menu of five dishes during a benefit at LongHouse Reserve gallery and gardens. Included in the White Night tasting will be marinated salmon on a potato salad; a traditional Swedish cheese pie with vegetables and onion confit; a pickled beet salad with toasted pine nuts, goat cheese, horseradish and capers; and shrimp with pickled cucumbers. The previously mentioned egg appetizer will be served with an indulgent cream reduction, sourdough croutons, watercress and allerum, a sharp, semi-hard cow’s milk cheese from southern Sweden.

The whole eggs take about an hour to cook to velvety softness. “It’s very important that it cooks at exactly 63 degrees, Catenacci says.

Catenacci is one of 15 Swedish chefs brought to the Hamptons through Swedish Culinary Summer, the brainchild of investor Andrew Reice and his Swedish business partner Kent Jansen. They bring award-winning chefs to Hamptons-based summer charity events to introduce Swedish cuisine, and the drinks of sponsors such as Heering and Xanté, a pear cognac. Also in the Hamptons this weekend, Swedish chef Stefan Karlsson will be among participants in the Chefs & Champagne fundraiser for the James Beard House.

“The high-profile and well-attended charity events every weekend provide the mechanism to project the best of Sweden to the best of the American market,” according to the Swedish Culinary Summer website, which lists events, dates and participating chefs. Tickets for the benefit featuring Catenacci’s tasting menu started at $750, but at last check, only tickets and table options ranging from $1,250 to $50,000 remained.

Catenacci, who arrived in New York on Thursday, consulted with fellow Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson on where to eat in Manhattan. The recommendations: The newish Thai restaurant Uncle Boons, the Italian place called Casa Lever, and the beloved Momofuko.

And now back to Swedish Culinary Summer. The goal is to capitalize on the recent interest in Sweden and Swedish cuisine, showcasing the diversity. While Ikea may have given many Americans their first bites of Swedish delicacies, Reice and Jansen want the appreciation to extend beyond meatballs and lingonberry preserves.

To that end, they also have staged media tastings to help publicize their events and increase public awareness of Swedish cuisine.

View full sizePerstorp Attika is a 24 percent acetic vinegar from Sweden. In various dilutions, it is used in Scandinavian recipes for pickling herring, cucumbers, beets, onions and more.

Guests at a recent hands-on session were given an opportunity to pickle vegetables ranging from onions and cucumbers to carrots, grape tomatoes and beets and rhubarb.
And those who fell for the potent Perstorp Attika (vinegar) were advised that it is nearly impossible to find in the U.S.

Magnus Lindström, named Swedish Chef of the year in 2003 demonstrated how a grilled steak with intense flavor begins with whole spices and fresh herbs. Cumin seed, fennel seed, fresh and dried rosemary, fresh dill and more were assembled on a work table giving guests an opportunity to grind their own fresh steak seasonings with a mortar and pestle. The blends were rubbed into both sides of the steaks, and grilled perfectly. Dill and horseradish, two important flavors in Swedish cuisine were offered with lemon zest, ginger and other seasonings to make sauces from crème fraiche, sour cream, or fresh mayonnaise.

Xanté, a Swedish Culinary Summer sponsor, set up a cocktail mixing station where fresh lime slices were muddled to be mixed with the sweet pear cognac, fresh mint and simple syrup to shake into mojitos. Cocktails from Heering, a Danish brand also were offered during the event.

Xanté CEO Adele Robberstad says the goal of the brands, both imported by Sazerac, is to create accessible cocktails with simple recipes that are easy to mix at home. For this reason, both company sites feature an array of recipes using no more than three or four ingredients.

Meanwhile, Catenacci discusses the passion behind Operakällaren, dubbing it the most beautiful restaurant in Scandinavia. Named Opera Cellar for its original location in the cellar of the Royal Opera House, the historic 1895 building features intricately coffered ceilings, luxuriously carved oak paneling, and extensive gilding. The Opera Bar has a stained glass dome, Operakällaren even has its own champagne, calvados, whiskey and acquavit.

Perhaps Catenacci’s his small plates will create an appetite for travel among benefit guests at the LongHouse Reserve event. “I hope it will open up their eyes for Sweden,” he says. “It’s a fantastic country.”

 

 

PETER F HEERING SLING AWARD TOP 5 GLOBAL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

PETER F. HEERING®

2013 SLING AWARD COMPETITION

TOP 5 GLOBAL FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

2013 Tales of the Cocktail Set the Scene

July — 2013 (New Orleans, LA) — The Jury has spoken. On July 19th at Tales of the Cocktail at Latrobe’s on Royal, the US Semi-Finals Peter F. Heering Sling Awards were hosted by the Imbiber himself, Dan Dunn. The non- sequestered jury made up of spirits, bar and media experts included; Bill Goldring ♦ Owner |Sazerc Company, Charles Joly ♦ Crafthouse Cocktails Co-Founder|2013James Beard Award Winner, Helmut Adam ♦ Publisher| Mixology Magazine, Ti Martin ♦ Owner | Commander’s Palace, Ann  & Paul Tuennerman ♦ Founders |Tales of the Cocktail,Tracy Howard ♦ Associate Editor |Imbibe Magazine, Tan Vinh ♦ Spirits Columnist | Seattle Times, Noah Rothbaum ♦ Editor-In-Chief |Liquor.com selected the Top 5 Global Finalist for the 2013 Peter F. Heering Sling Award who will now go on to compete for the overall 2013 Peter F. Heering Sling Award at the BCB Bar Convent in Berlin, October 8th – 9th, 2013.

 

These global bar stars were challenged to create their own interpretation of the classic cocktail The Singapore Sling. They were awarded with a personal mini-computer tablet to immortalize their interpretation of the SLING.

 

The following are the 5 Global Finalists for the 2013 Peter F. Heering Sling Award

 

  • England |Rye Sling Star |Ben Manchester |Hotel du Vin, Brighton

 

  • Spain | Passage of Singapore | Juan Jose Maillo Garrido |Cameo Bar

 

  • USA | Highland Sling | Michael Flannery |Apt 13

 

  • USA | The Bucktown Sling | AnneMarie Sagoi |The Charleston

 

  • USA | Sterling Sling| Lucinda Sterling |Middle Branch Bar

 

The Singapore Sling is a South-East Asian cocktail, a long drink developed sometime before 1915by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. It was initially called the gin sling, a sling was originally an American drink composed of  a spirit, water, sweetener and flavored – now CHERRY HEERING® the essential ingredient in the world famous Singapore Sling, has challenged the world’s best bartenders with the announcement of the 2013 Peter F. Heering SLING Award®.

101 Best New Cocktails: Paradise Punch by Cynthia Turner, Imperial Life, Asheville, North Carolina on gasregan.com

Paradise Punch

Adapted from a recipe by Cynthia Turner, Imperial Life, Asheville, North Carolina.Paradise Punch

“We recently featured this on our cocktail menu with a house made falernum, but for this recipe I chose the widely distributed Velvet Falernum so anyone can enjoy. I love the exotic flavors the arrack contributes. I hope you enjoy it, gaz,” Cynthia Turner.

30 ml (1 oz) Ransom Old Tom gin

22.5 ml (.75 oz) Batavia Arrack

15 ml (.5 oz) Velvet Falernum

15 ml (.5 oz) Cherry Heering

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh orange juice

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lime juice

Splash soda water

Grated nutmeg and a lime wheel, as garnishes

Shake all ingredients except for the soda over ice. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass, top with the soda and stir briefly. Add the garnishes..

gaz sez: Did I like it, Cynthia? I loved it! Very funky, indeed. It’s as if the Old Tom and the arrack were made for each other, and the falernum is officiating at the union. Tres kewl, indeed.

PETER F. HEERING® 2013 SLING AWARD COMPETITION TOP 20 SEMI-FINALIST ANNOUNCED

2013 Tales of the Cocktail will set the scene for

Cherry Heering®In Presenting the 20 Best Sling Creations, Hosted by the Undeniable and Rehab Quitter, Dan Dunn

 

July — 2013 (Stockholm, Sweden) — These 20 did define THIS | Then they Remixed IT: The scene is set, July 19th, Tales of the Cocktail, the location is set, Latrobe’s on Royal and the MC is set, Author and Personality Dan Dunn, who along with Zane Lamprey, hosts the hit podcast “Happy Hour” with Zane & Dunn will MC the Sling of all Sling Awards at Latrobe New Orleans, one the most architecturally significant buildings and now the Top 20 Global Semi-Finalist are complete.

 

These Top 20 global Semi-Finalist took to heart to the spirit and the essence of the Sling Awards and it shines in their recipes and it will be a pleasure and challenge for our multi-talented US Jury to decide who the five are who move onto Berlin , said Adéle Robberstad, CEO, Peter F. Heering /Maison Heinrich.

 

The following are the 20 Finalist for the Peter F. Heering Sling Award listed by country, Sling cocktail name, bartender name and associated bar

 

  • China |Sling Brulee |Murphy Ho kin Yiu |Chill Bar

 

  • Denmark | Mr Heerings Sling Fix| Hasse Bank Johansen |St. Pauls Apothek

 

  • Denmark |Sling Diversity |Zander Lauritzen Hansen |DrinksMeister

 

  • England | Cherry Delight |Giedrius Lipinskas |York & Albany, London

 

  • England |Rye Sling Star |Ben Manchester |Hotel du Vin, Brighton

 

  • England | The Don | Massimo Rizzo |Old Bengalas Bar

 

  • Finland | Ginger Sling |Kim-Peter Hyöty |Rocktails

 

  • Finland | Sling Granate | Laura Suutari ­|Fontana Club

 

  • Germany | Expressyon | Tiziano Mori |Crazy Cocktail

 

  • Greece | Caribbean Sling | Konstantinos Kapniaris  |Omilos

 

  • Norway | Singapore Slang | Rune Salomonsen |Barakademiet

 

  • Spain | Passage of Singapore | Juan Jose Maillo Garrido |Cameo Bar

 

  • Switzerland | Gingepore Slang | Patricia Brenta |d’bar

 

  • Taiwan | Undercurrents |Gao, Yun- Siang | MOD Public Bar

 

  • UAE | Salute Commander Venus | Lus Surianto |Madinat Jumeirah, Mina A´Salam

 

  • USA | Highland Sling | Michael Flannery |Apt. 13

 

  • USA | The Bucktown Sling | AnneMarie Sagoi |The Charleston

 

  • USA | Sterling Sling| Lucinda Sterling |Middle Branch Bar

 

  • USA |Tartini Sling | Will Tomlinson III| Tavern Road

 

  • USA |The Cats Paw |Natalie C. Harry | Revival Bar + Kitchen

 

The US Semi-Finalist Jury – Peter F. Heering Sling Awards | 2013 Tales of the Cocktail

 

2013 Peter F. Heering Sling Award |US Semi-Final Jury

·         Bill Goldring ♦ Owner |Sazerac Company  

·         Charles Joly ♦ Crafthouse Cocktails Co-Founder| 2013 James Beard Award Winner

·         Helmut Adam ♦ Publisher| Mixology Magazine

·         Ti Martin ♦ Owner | Commander’s Palace

·         Ann Tuennerman ♦ Founder |Tales of the Cocktail,

·         Tracy Howard ♦ Associate Editor | Imbibe Magazine

·         Tan Vinh ♦ Spirits Columnist | Seattle Times

·         Noah Rothbaum ♦ Editor-In-Chief |Liquor.com

The Singapore Sling is a South-East Asian cocktail, a long drink developed sometime before 1915by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. It was initially called the gin sling, a sling was originally an American drink composed of  a spirit, water, sweetener and flavored – now CHERRY HEERING® the essential ingredient in the world famous Singapore Sling, has challenged the world’s best bartenders with the announcement of the 2013 Peter F. Heering SLING Award®.

CHERRY HEERING® has queried the best global bar stars to create their own interpretation of the classic cocktail The Singapore Sling. The 20 Semi-Finalist: were awarded with a mini computer tablet to immortalize their interpretation of the SLING with the possibility to be one of five finalists competing for the grand prize at 2013 Heering Sling Award, BCB Bar Convent in Berlin, October 8th – 9th, 2013. The 20 semi-finalist will have their SLING interpretations presented at Tales of the Cocktail, July 19th, 2013.

 

Peter F. Heering has had the unique honor to be purveyor to every royal court worthy of their name while possessing the proper style, class and breeding to socialize across the courts of the world. HEERING® has always been fashionable. CHERRY HEERING® is a small but indispensable component of iconic cocktails such as The Singapore Sling, and that is exactly how HEERING® likes to be seen; as an accessory that adds lavishness, extravagance and civilization to the mix.

 HEERING® continues to evolve and recognize that even the timeless classics need a refreshing remake now and then, thus HEERING® has challenged the best of the best behind the world’s bars to create their own interpretation of The Singapore Sling and also possibly writing their name in the history of cocktails.

CHERRY HEERING liqueur is sold in more than 100 countries all over the world and is the essential ingredient in the world famous Singapore Sling and Blood and Sand cocktails. For more information about Peter F. Heering, please visit http://www.heering.com

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