The Social Company bars celebrate International Coffee Week on incentivetravel.co.uk

Range of cocktails created in partnership with Mr Black coffee liqueur

In honour of Coffee Week and International Coffee Day on 1st October, the bars within Jason Atherton’s The Social Company are teaming up with Mr Black to create a range of cocktails featuring the Australian distillery’s coffee liqueur to be available from 26th September until 1st October. Cold-extracted at 23 degrees, Mr Black’s coffee liqueur packs a punch of coffee flavour, providing the perfect base for a range of cocktails all displaying The Social Company’s signature playful and creative cocktails.

The Geisha at 7 Tales
Located downstairs at Japanese restaurant, Sosharu, downtown Tokyo inspired bar, 7 Tales, will be offering a particularly exclusive cocktail to mark International Coffee Week. The jewel in the crown of Mr Black’s collection, the Panama Geisha is a prize winning and limited edition coffee liqueur, with only 289 bottles available worldwide. With the Geisha an iconic character within Japanese culture, the coffee liqueur is a natural fit for 7 Tales’ Japanese-inspired menu and will be blended with 1999 Nikka coffey grain from the bar’s extensive collection of whiskies. Served in an elegant coupette glass and garnished with a stencil of the quintessential Japanese cultural figure, ‘The Geisha’ features a banana, apricot and sesame foam to create a subtle tropical flavour that pairs perfectly with the coffee liqueur and the 1999 Nikka coffey grain, presenting a modern interpretation of an espresso martini. Priced at £50 per glass, reflecting the exclusive nature of the ingredients used, ‘The Geisha’ will be London’s most luxurious tribute to this year’s International Coffee Day.

Hard Wired Cherry Cola at The Blind Pig
In celebration of International Coffee Day, guests at Jason Atherton’s speakeasy-style bar, The Blind Pig, can enjoy the specially created Hard Wired Cherry Cola. With a blend of Mr Black coffee liqueur, Cherry Heering, a cherry flavoured-brandy, a dash of Fernet Branca digestif and a topping of cherry cola, and finished with a cherry and lemon twist garnish, the cocktail offers guests a grown up interpretation of the classic childhood fizzy drink.

Coff’ Medicine at Pollen Street Social
This International Coffee Day, the bar at Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social will be serving Coff’ Medicine, created by Group Bar Executive, Jamie Jones. Using Mr Black coffee liqueur as the base, Coff’ Medicine is a heady mix of mescal, Campari and chilli and chocolate bitters, to complement the coffee undertones. Garnished with an orange twist and prescription garnish, Coff’ Medicine is just what the doctor ordered.

Black to the Future at City Social
To celebrate this year’s Coffee Day, guests at the bar at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred City Social can enjoy Black to the Future. A futuristic take on an espresso martini, instead of coffee, the bar team will be blending Mr Black coffee liqueur with Aylesbury Duck vodka and dash of soy sauce to create a cocktail more akin to a dirty vodka martini. In a nod to the cocktail’s movie namesake, Black to the Future will also be garnished with an OUTATIME number plate, for a cocktail that plays with visuals as well as flavours.

Cocktails with northern soul on sltn.co.uk

Inverness bartender Grant Murray will represent the UK at London Cocktail Week next month in the world semi-finals of the Cherry Heering cocktail competition.

Murray will go head to head with 46 other bartenders from around the globe as a judging panel of experts, including Simon Difford of Difford’s Guide, whittle the field down to a final ten.
Murray said reaching the semi-final was not only a victory for himself, but an endorsement of the Inverness bar scene as a whole.
“For someone from Inverness [to be in the semi-final] is great for the city and for Scotland,” he said.

City barman’s creation takes him to last 10 in worldwide competition in Inverness courir

By Emma Crichton

Grant mixes things up for cocktail finals.

AN Inverness barman is hoping to be crowned king of cocktails after he mixed his way to the finals of a worldwide competition. Grant Murray, general manager of popular city centre venues Bar One and Scotch and Rye, has been chosen to represent Britain in the Cherry Heering Cocktail Mixing Contest, as part of London Cocktail Week. The 30-year-old was up against 46 bar tenders from 46 countries but judges whittled it down to the final 10, who will be flown to the capital in October where the final five will be picked, before a winner is chosen by Simon Difford, the man behind drink encyclopedia Difford’s Guide. “I’m really happy,” said Mr Murray. “It’s great for the bars I manage, but more than anything I think it is great to see someone from Inverness representing the whole UK. “I’m not nervous at all, I’m really excited. I have been to cocktail events before but this will be the biggest and I will be mingling with essentially the world’s best bar tenders.” This is not the first time Mr Murray has had success in mixology competitions. Earlier this year he made it to the top 10 of a competition run by Cognac giant Martell, when owners went in search of 300 cocktails to showcase their brand on its 300th anniversary. Now Mr Murray, who lives in Lochardil, is hoping his creation, Barrel Roll, featuring Cherry Heering liqueur, single malt whisky and freshly squeezed lemon juice, will secure his latest prize. He called it a “smokey Scottish twist on a classic”. “I don’t know why I do so well, maybe it is because I keep up with trends or because I am so passionate about mixology and flavour pairing, but it seems to work,” he said. “I started bar work as a student in Dundee. I didn’t think I would end up doing this full-time but I fell in love with the industry and it quickly became a passion of mine.” The cocktail will soon be added to the Bar One menu.

Barrel Roll cocktail

Barrel Roll cocktail recipe

1/4 shot Islay single malt Scotch whisky

1 1/6 shot London Dry Gin

1/2 shot Cherry Heering liqueur

1/3 shot Benoit Serres creme de violette

1/2 shot freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 shot sugar syrup

The Art of Pairing Cocktails & Barbecue on thedailybeast.com

by Steven Raichlen

…But smoke-flavored cocktails have a long history and are traditionally made with a smoky spirit, like an Islay single malt Scotch or a Mexican mezcal. To make the former, distillers bake the malted barley in mammoth kilns fueled by peat fires. To make mezcal, the heart of the agave is traditionally slow roasted in pits full of hot rocks prior to mashing and distilling. The result: a tequila-like spirit that smells like your clothes after an evening sitting around a campfire.
To harness the unique smoky flavor of these spirits, try making a Blood and Sand—a potent combination of Scotch, orange juice, sweet vermouth and the sweet Danish liqueur Cherry Heering. The drink was concocted in the 1920s and named in honor of a bullfighting movie starring heartthrob Rudolph Valentino…

Aussie in Cherry Heering Classic top 10 on theshout.com.au

By Stefanie Collins,

Melbourne bartender Pita Dixon, from Joe Taylor, has made it to the top 10 in the Cherry Heering Classic Challenge. As part of the final 10, he will be flown to London Cocktail Week to compete for the grand prize in October.

James France, of Vanguard Luxury Spirits, which brings Cherry Heering into Australia, was delighted that an Australian had made it to the top 10.

“In all, bartenders from 46 countries were shortlisted for this prize, so it’s fantastic news that Australia has someone going to London to compete for the big one,” he says.

The 2016 Peter F. Heering Classic Challenge top 10 semi-finalists will compete live in London, shaking up their Cherry Heering modern classic cocktail for an international juding panel that includes Simon Difford and David Wondrich. The semi-finalists will then choose five finalists to present again on 6 October at Joyeux Bordel, London, where the winner will be decided.

The 2016 Peter F. Heering Classic Challenge winner receives €500, a Stelton Shaker and the accompanying global media exposure.

All 10 semi-finalists will be part of the Global Heering Legend program filmed by bar legend Simon Difford.

The top 10 are:

AUSTRALIA – Pita Dixon from Joe Taylor, Melbourne – “The Right Way”
CANADA – Andrew Schneider from Vij’s Restaurant, Vancouver – “Mount Pleasant”
GREECE – Akis Kalogritsas from Cadillac Records Cocktail Bar, Karditsa – “Rubik´s Cube”
HONG KONG – Lui Hiu Na from The American Club, Hong Kong – “Dancing Queen”
LUXEMBOURG – Dawid Guzik from Octan´s Spirited Bar, Luxembourg – “Secret Clover”
NZ – Laura Walker from Hawthorn Lounge, Wellington – “Blood From A Stone”
SINGAPORE – Adriel Ang from Sarnies, Singapore – “Cherry-Let”
SWEDEN – Carl Wiman from YUC Mexican, Stockholm – “Heering is Keering”
UK – Grant Murray from Scotch and Rye, Inverness – “Brace Position”
USA – Michael Riojas from Armadillo Palace, Houston – “Cherry Bomb”

Aussie in Heering Classic top 10 in London on professional.topshelfshow.com.au

by Stefanie Collins

Melbourne bartender Pita Dixon, from Joe Taylor, has made it to the top 10 in the Peter F. Heering Classic Challenge. As part of the final 10, he will be flown to London Cocktail Week to compete for the grand prize in October.

James France, of Vanguard Luxury Spirits, which brings Cherry Heering into Australia, was delighted that an Australian had made it to the top 10.

“In all, bartenders from 46 countries were shortlisted for this prize, so it’s fantastic news that Australia has someone going to London to compete for the big one,” he says.

The 2016 Peter F. Heering Classic Challenge top 10 semi-finalists will compete live in London, shaking up their Cherry Heering modern classic cocktail for an international juding panel that includes Simon Difford and David Wondrich.

The semi-finalists will then be cut to five finalists, who will present again on 6 October at Joyeux Bordel, London, where the winner will be decided.

The 2016 Peter F. Heering Classic Challenge winner receives €500, a Stelton Shaker and the accompanying global media exposure.

All 10 semi-finalists will be part of the Global Heering Legend program filmed by bar legend Simon Difford.

The top 10 are:

AUSTRALIA – Pita Dixon from Joe Taylor, Melbourne – “The Right Way”
CANADA – Andrew Schneider from Vij’s Restaurant, Vancouver – “Mount Pleasant”
GREECE – Akis Kalogritsas from Cadillac Records Cocktail Bar, Karditsa – “Rubik´s Cube”
HONG KONG – Lui Hiu Na from The American Club, Hong Kong – “Dancing Queen”
LUXEMBOURG – Dawid Guzik from Octan´s Spirited Bar, Luxembourg – “Secret Clover”
NZ – Laura Walker from Hawthorn Lounge, Wellington – “Blood From A Stone”
SINGAPORE – Adriel Ang from Sarnies, Singapore – “Cherry-Let”
SWEDEN – Carl Wiman from YUC Mexican, Stockholm – “Heering is Keering”
UK – Grant Murray from Scotch and Rye, Inverness – “Brace Position”
USA – Michael Riojas from Armadillo Palace, Houston – “Cherry Bomb”

Heering announce the 10 Global Classic Challenge semi-finalists on australianbartender.com.au/

THE PETER F. HEERING® CLASSIC CHALLENGE SEMIFINALISTS TO SHAKE UP 2016 LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK

In classic fashion, Peter F. Heering® announces the 10 global semifinalists of the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge. The CHERRY HEERING® 10 global bar star semifinalists will appear in London, England as the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge embarks on the final rounds of competition leading into the grand finale of the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge, all taking place during the famed London Cocktail Week (October 4th – 6th 2016).

“The 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge culminating in London against the backdrop of London Cocktail Week and the announcement of the World’s Top 50 Bars simply elevates and puts an incredibly bright spotlight on all of the creative efforts and talents of these elite bar men and women”, said Adéle Robberstad, CEO Peter F. Heering “They have earned this stage and this recognition, they are Cherry Heering.”

AUSTRALIA, Pita Dixon, Joe Taylor, Melbourne, “The Right Way”
CANADA, Andrew Schneider, Vij´s Restaurant, Vancouver, “Mount Pleasant”
GREECE, Akis Kalogritsas, Cadillac Records Cocktail Bar, Karditsa, “Rubik´s Cube”
HONG KONG, Lui Hiu Na, The American Club, Hong Kong, “Dancing Queen”
LUXEMBOURG, David Guzik, Octan´s Spirited Bar, Luxembourg, “Secret Clover”
NEW ZEALAND, Laura Walker, Hawthorn Lounge, Wellington, “Blood From A Stone”
SINGAPORE, Adriel Ang, Sarnies, Singapore, “Cherry-Let”
SWEDEN, Carl Wiman, YUC Mexican, Stockholm, “Heering is Keering”
UNITED KINGDOM, Grant Murray, Scotch and Rye, Inverness, “Brace Position”
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Michael Riojas, Armadillo Palace, Houston, “Cherry Bomb”

The 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge top 10 semi-finalists will be flown out to London and compete live, shaking up their inspired modern classic cocktail with CHERRY HEERING®. The semi-finalists will present in person their CHERRY HEERING® cocktail contribution to an international jury who will choose five finalists from the ten.

The CHERRY HEERING® inspired finale will take place October 6th at Joyeux Bordel London where the five finalists will personally present their CHERRY HEERING® modern classic cocktails and philosophy behind. The 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge winner receives €500, a Stelton Shaker and global media exposure

Apart from the honor and media attention, all ten 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge semi-finalists will receive airfare and four hotel nights in vibrant London, and they will all be part of the Global Heering Legend program filmed by bar legend Simon Difford – The Heering Legends on Diffords Guide.

2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge – Global Jury
Simon Difford – Simon Difford is one of the worlds most renowned and respected drinks experts. Simon writes and publishes the Difford’s Guide range of drinks related books, the best known being ‘Difford’s Guide – Cocktails’ with 3,000 color-illustrated recipes. He is also the creator of London Cocktail Week, the UK’s biggest cocktail festival.

David Wondrich – Esquire Magazine’s drinks correspondent, James Beard Award Winner for his book Imbibe! and founding partner on Beverage Alcohol Resource, the United States leading training program for bartenders and other mixologists

Din Hassan – A veteran from the Singapore nightlife industry, Din’s experience behind the bar has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding in our time. Din is one of the academy members of The World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars

Hamish Smith – A multi-award winning drinks journalist at Drinks International Magazine, where he is deputy editor, and CLASS, where he is editor. As part of his role at Drinks International he is the co-ordinator of the The World’s 50 Best Bars poll and editor of the brand’s series of magazines.

Lauren Mote – Co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, a wildly successful line of high quality small batch cocktail and culinary bitters and Bar Manager at UVA, Wine & Cocktail Bar based in Vancouver, BC

Charlene Dawes – Managing Director and Owner of Tastings Group Limited, overseeing six specialty bars & restaurants in the Central district, Hong Kong. One of them “Quinary” was named one of the “World’s 50 Best Bars from 2013 to 2016 by Drinks International Magazine.

THE 2016 PETER F. HEERING® CLASSIC CHALLENGE 46 GLOBAL FINALISTS WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTJ_cac4N_pZIFgB704_EqQ/videos?view=0&sort=dd&shelf_id=0

 

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