Kamil Foltan & 1993 – One of Heering´s 200 years

Words by: Ashley Pini

Born and raised in the Czech Republic, Kamil Foltan has spent the last 10 years travelling and working across Europe & Asia, finding his current home in Singapore.

He began his career studying at hospitality and tourism school, and supported himself by picking up shifts in cafes, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, fine dining establishments and hotels, which “enabled me to understand all of the different types of food and beverage establishments,” he explained.

“The biggest influences on me during my youth were my father, grandfather and uncle who were all strong personalities involved in many parts of food and beverage; from hotel operations and winemaking to running restaurants back at home.”

Coming from a hospitality background had a huge natural influence on Kamil: it seemed that “everyone knew this was the industry for me”. Of course there have been plenty of ups and downs, but with a positive attitude Kamil has always loved the places he has worked.

“Over time, my mentors have included such personalities as Tony Conigliaro, Zdenek Kastanek, Ryan Clift and Dre Masso,” he revealed.

“These days my days are scheduled based on projects we are involved in. In the morning it’s straight to work at our home office, in the afternoon I have a break with my son and then I continue working till late. My work varies from building beverage programs, revising operations for our clients, getting ready for events and working on articles for The Indigenous Bartender website.”

Kamil said, “I love flavours and different cultures. This is where I drive inspiration from and of course in meeting new people in the industry. My wife and family motivate me.”

He continued “There are several people that I look up to and they are all from different industries. This allows me to see things with fresh eyes.”

“When I start bartending, I had to do presentation about one of the classic cocktails from all around the world. Guess what I have picked up Singapore Sling and if someone told me that I will be living I would not believe it at all. Through my research about Singapore Sling, I have learnt that it was the original cherry liquor for the cocktail that I have fallen in love with. (Both, the cocktail and the liquor). Since then, it is part of my back bar all the time

“As the co-owner of a company we also aim carve our own path,” he finished.

Of trends in the industry, Kamil noted “I’ve found that recently the subjects of locality, seasonality, sustainability come up in conversation quite often.”

“In regards to drinks in particular, classics such as Negronis, Old Fashioned, Sours, Daiquiris and Martinis are still very popular.”

Kamil’s Sling

50ml Tanqueray Ten

10ml Cherry Heering

10ml Triple sec

10ml Benedictine D.O.M.

25ml Lemon juice

10ml Homemade grenadine*

Top with soda

Method: Pour ingredients into Tiki mug and stir. Add crushed ice and top with soda.

Glass: Tiki mug

Garnish:Pineapple wedge and cherry

*Homemade grenadine

Commercial grenadine syrup can be used.

For homemade grenadine, dissolve 1 mug caster sugar into 1 mug freshly pressed pomegranate juice in a pan over low heat.

Do not allow to boil. When sugar is fully dissolved, allow to cool, add 3 drops lemon juice, then strain, bottle and refrigerate.

 

 

 

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

 

PETER F. HEERING CLASSIC CHALLENGE 10 SEMI-FINALISTS 2016 ANNOUNCED

PRESSRELEASE

HEERING® ANNOUNCES THE 10 GLOBAL CLASSIC CHALLENGE SEMIFINALISTS

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

August — 2016 (London, England) 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. HeeringThey have earned this stage and this recognition, they are Cherry Heering.”

♣     AUSTRALIA I Pita Dixon I Joe Taylor, Melbourne I The Right Way

♣     CANADA I Andrew Schneider I Vij´s Restaurant, Vancouver I Mount Pleasant

 ♣     GREECE I Akis Kalogritsas I Cadillac Records Cocktail Bar, Karditsa I Rubik´s Cube

 ♣     HONG KONG I Lui Hiu Na I The American Club, Hong Kong I “Dancing Queen”

 ♣     LUXEMBOURG I Dawid Guzik I Octan´s Spirited Bar, Luxembourg I Secret Clover”  

♣     NEW ZEALAND I Laura Walker I Hawthorn Lounge, Wellington I Blood From A Stone

♣     SINGAPORE I Adriel Ang I Sarnies, Singapore I Cherry-Let

♣     SWEDEN I Carl Wiman I YUC Mexican, Stockholm I Heering is Keering

♣     UNITED KINGDOM I Grant Murray I Scotch and Rye, Inverness I Brace Position

♣     UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I Michael Riojas I Armadillo Palace, Houston I 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.

https://www.diffordsguide.com/producers/195/peter-f-heering-as

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 WondrichEsquire 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 Beverage Consultant at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, BC Canada

♣     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

HEERING liqueur is sold in more than 100 countries all over the world.

CHERRY HEERING® is an intricate and indispensable component of iconic cocktails such as The Singapore Sling and Blood & Sand, which is exactly how CHERRY HEERING® likes to be seen; as an accessory that adds lavishness, extravagance and civilization to the mix.

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

THE PETER F. HEERING CLASSIC CHALLENGE® is an annual global bartender competition that asks bartenders from around the globe to pick a modern classic cocktail and modernize it with a twist and shake that best defines their talent, taste, personality and what most inspires them about using CHERRY HEERING® in a modern classic cocktail revision.

HEERING® COFFEE liqueur is made from a recipe using only natural ingredients and with no additives or artificial coloring. The base is a smooth blend of Caribbean rum, coffee and cacao. COFFEE HEERING® and CHERRY HEERING® are both OU certified.

COFFEE HEERING® was announced as the Liqueur of the Year at the Annual Bar Biz Spirits Competition by the Editorial and Publishing Staff of the Bar Business Magazine.

For more information about Peter F. Heering, please visit

http://www.heering.com  www.facebook.com/heeringliqueur    https://twitter.com/Heering  https://www.instagram.com/cherryheering/

 MEDIA Contact: United States | James Monahan | james@monahanpr.com |(m) 917.826.9449

MEDIA Contact: Global | Anna-Karin Olofsson |Anna-karin@heering.com | Peter F Heering

(o) +46 8 412 60 40 (m) +46 70 23 99 100

*For Hi res images, recipes and general brand press queries

 

TOP 15 SLING AWARD FINALISTS REVEALED

THE 2014 PETER F. HEERING® SLING AWARDS NARROWED TO 17 BARTENDERS

 

July – 2014 (Stockholm, Sweden) — The top Sling Stars with highest scores have been announced. The top fifteen became top seventeen due to dead even between three countries |The 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award is shouting out to the world which has grown from 27 participating countries last year to now 44 participating Sling inspired countries.

The Peter F. Heering brand has elevated the Sling Award competition to one of the world’s greatest and largest cocktail competitions and more importantly lifted this extremely talented group of global bar-stars into rare air in the ever-growing global cocktail scene competitions.

All 44 Peter F. Heering Sling Award National winners were afforded a stipend to support cocktail menus, cocktails of the month or whatever they felt would inspire their guests, friends and family to raise their profile and their Sling achievement, in addition the National winners were encouraged to utilize their social media to maximize the “peoples” vote aspect of the competition.
The global finalists will be judged in London, England led by bar legend Simon Difford. Difford will lead a prestigious jury panel that will include media, tastemakers and bar experts who will determine the Top 5 Global 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award finalists who will move onto Berlin, Germany to compete LIVE October 7th at BCB Bar Convent Berlin to determine the global Sling Champion.
This elite global finalists of The 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award will receive one personal electronic tablet containing instructions for the semi-final that take place in London, to create a 3-minute (maximum) video of their Sling-spiration.

“Do not even attempt to create a Singapore Sling if you don’t have a bottle of Cherry Heering”, stated bar legend, and noted “King Cocktail”, Dale DeGroff “Cherry Heering is the undeniable, most important and most delicious component of the Sling”

The 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award Top 15 scores

Country Finalist Sling Cocktail
➢ Armenia | Garnik Sahakyan | Sling’s Era
➢ Australia | Taka Shino | Bamboo Orchid
➢ Belgium | Ásgeir Bergmann Pétursson | The Sling Sling
➢ Brazil | Rafael Mariachi | The Peter’s Dream
➢ Canada | Taoufike Zrafi | The Bittered Sling
➢ Denmark | Nick Kobbernagel Hovind | The Sloe Sling
➢ England | David Hoggan | Sling Your Hook!
➢ Estonia | Sigrid Sarv | O’ Polo Sling
➢ Germany | Monika Katarina Peric | Shum Haw Sling
➢ Hong Kong | Poon Ching Wan | Maroon Sling
➢ Indonesia | Rhys Wilson | Shennong Sling
➢ Italy | Walter Gosso | Julep Slingsake
➢ New Zealand | Venetia Tiarks | The Merchant’s Daughter
➢ Norway | Erik Danilo Wistner Rafto | Rooftop Romance
➢ Poland | Stanislaw Zachariasz | Julep Sling
➢ Singapore | Aron Christian Lobrino Manzanillo | Fables of the East
➢ USA | Jon Kraus | Pepito’s Slingshot

Peter F. Heering – has had a history of 200 years as one of the first global brands (EVER) – 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 the world famous 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.

The world famous cocktails such as The Singapore Sling and Blood and Sand are two of Cherry Heering’s primary unique selling points – The Singapore Sling should be on the drink list in any decent bar.

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. For more information about Peter F Heering or The The Sling Award, please visit www.heering.com or www.facebook.com/heeringliqueur

Singapore Sling on Eurowoman.dk

By Emily 29.10.13

When in Rome… Så selvklart måtte vi forbi Raffles Hotel at prøve deres verdensberømte Singapore Sling, der blev kreeret på selvsamme hotel af den legendariske bartender Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon i 1915 i The Long Bar, hvor den stadig serveres. Og det i ganske betydelige mængder. Der bliver nemlig langet op mod 1000 slings over disken hver dag. Og dem har de helt styr på. Det er i alle tilfælde den bedste Singapore Sling, jeg nogensinde har smagt. Måske atmosfæren også hjalp på oplevelsen, historiens vingesus var allestedsnærværende og jeg følte mig hensat til starten af det forrige århundrede.

Den forfriskende og eksotiske drink er i øvrigt baseret på den danske kirsebærlikør, Cherry Heering. Og man må (nærmest skal) smide skallerne fra de jordnødder, der står på bordene på gulvet. Og så skal jeg nok også stoppe med facts om drinks for denne gang og med en varm anbefaling af både Raffles og deres slings og sliders, hvis I skulle lægge vejen forbi Singapore.

The Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, Singapore, 189673

ENGLISH RECAP: When in Rome… So of course we had to drink Singapore Slings at The Raffles Hotel where the legendary drink was created in 1915. And they still had the hang of it and I enjoyed the best sling I’ve ever tasted. And some lovely snacks.

SLIDERS & SLINGS

by Emilie 30.10.13

 Udover den meget fantastiske asiatisk-inspirerede mad, som vi gaflede ned i Singapore, blev det også til et par miniudgaver af den allestedsnærværende burger. Begge gange stærkt akkompagneret af dejlige drinks! Det er lidt som om det er et tema i Singapore – skal du ha’ drinks, skal du også ha’ burgere. Og det er jo egentlig ikke en helt dårlig idé..Første omgang af burger x drinks kombi’en fik vi på baren ‘Lantern’ på Fullerton Bay Hotel, der ligger med en fantastisk udsigt udover vandet, Singapores skyline og det gigantiske Marina Bay Sands hotel.

De små burgere – eller sliders, som de af en eller anden grund nu hedder – var virkelig lækre og bøffen var selvfølgelig lavet af mørt og perfekt mediumstegt wagyu-kød. Som et ret ekstravagant og velsmagende lille sidekick til burgerne fik vi også en omgang trøffel-fritter med mayo og ketchup. Mener at kombien af fritter + tre sliders kostede ca. 32 singapore dollars – eller ca. 150 kroner.

Selvom det naturligvis er obligatorisk at drikke Singapore Slings i Singapore, hoppede vi i denne omgang på udvalgte Halloween-specials drinks. Min kunne noget med mandarin, gin, lime og andet syrligt – og smagte dejligt!

The Fullerton Bay Hotel og Lantern bar ligger på:
80 Collyer Quay, Singapore

Meeen intet besøg i Singapore kan siges at være fuldbyrdigt uden en Singapore Sling indtaget på det historiske Raffles Hotel (opkaldt efter Singapores grundlægger, Sir Stamford Raffles). Så Emily, Acie og vores danske ‘guide’ Karin spenderede vores ‘frieftermiddag’ med sliders og slings i vaskeægte kolonistil på Long Bar på Raffles Hotel.

Det siges at sling’en er opfundet af en bartender, der arbejdede på Long Bar på et tidspunkt før 1915. Den blev originalt kaldt en gin sling og består af gin, kirsebærlikøren cherry heering (der som et lille kuriosum er dansk produceret!), og frisk appelsin-, ananas- og lime juice, men der er eftersigende flere alternative versioner, der ‘claimer’ at være den originale.

Fred være med det. De der slings var særdeles gode og der var noget herligt ‘old world in a new country ‘over at sidde der på Long Bar og sippe Singapore Slings, spise jordnødder og smide skallerne på jorden (det er åbenbart obligatorisk!), mens vi vendte verdenssituationen.

Burgerne – de små sliders – var måske nok lige til den kedelige side uden hverken fikse mayo’er, fikst tilbehør, men til gengæld med en anelse for tørre bøffer – de slog i al fald ikke dem fra Lantern i lækkerhed, men det kunne dog ikke slå os ud af kurs – det var en helt perfekt eftermiddag!

Prisen er lidt til den pebrede side – men sådan skal det vel være med verdensberømte turistattraktioner – en omgang sliders og en sling kostede ca. 53 singapore dollars per mand. Hvilket er ca. 240 kroner.

Raffles Hotel og Long bar ligger på:
1 Beach Road, Singapore

http://ganeoggaffel.dk/2013/10/sliders-slings/

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®.

As for Cherry Heering… two words… The Blood & Sand. Okay that’s three. Or maybe four. But it’s worth it.

The Violet Hour was a highlight for me. Over two nights, I had nine drinks at this posh Bucktown/Wicker Park spot, but it was the first hour of the first night that really sticks out. In glancing at the menu, I noticed a drink that used Cherry Heering and egg yolk. Not white. Yolk. I understand that yolks played some role in early variants of a gin fizz among other things, but not in one of the 6 or 8 first-rate cocktail bars that I’ve visited had I seen a contemporary drink that made use of the generally discarded fatty cousin of the egg white. And Cherry Heering? Other than a singapore sling, who the hell uses that as an ingredient, let alone a primary ingredient? The beverage, termed “The Golden Age,” came to me in a tall glass with crushed ice and drank like a cherry milkshake. A few rounds of back and forth with the bartender over the various qualities of the drink, and I was hooked for the next three or four hours… and another two-and-a-half hours the next night.

Drink recipes: Singapore sling on Helium.com

Drink recipes: Singapore sling

by Betsy Young

Working in the bar of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore as the world approached WWI, Ngiam Tong Boon the barman wanted to create a pink drink for the ladies. He wanted something exotic, cool and refreshing with a tasty punch to it. No one disputes who invented the drink or where it was invented but the original recipe is long gone. Even the Raffles Hotel admits that the drink they serve today is only approaching the original. Here I offer you a recipe that dates back to the 1930’s and always invokes the desire for a second one.

Equipment
Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail Strainer
1 Collins or sling glass

Ingredients
3 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounces of gin
ounce Cherry Heering
ounce lime juice
ounce Benedictine
ounce Cointreau
2 dashes of angostura bitters
2 dashes of orange bitters
1 orange wedge and maraschino cherry to garnish
2 ounces of soda water
Ice

Building the Drink
Fill a cocktail shaker full of ice
Add all ingredients except garnish and soda water
Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds
Fill Collins or sling glass halfway with ice
Strain and pour drink into Collins glass
Top off with soda water and garnish with a flag of orange wedge and cherry

Tips
Any dry cherry brandy can be substituted for the Cherry Heering, but it seems to suit this drink best if it can be obtained.

Orange bitters can be a tough one to find but is available online and keeps well

The recipe used is credited to Dale Degroff

http://www.helium.com/items/449471-drink-recipes-singapore-sling

Singapore Slings, trishaws, and other adventures during city tour on depts.washington.edu/tmmba.com

…The weather decided not to cooperate with us and we got caught up in a big rainstorm, so we made some last-minute adjustments to our tour and headed up to the Jewel Box lookout at Mount Faber for a great view of the city. The skyline really is impressive. We followed that stop with a visit to the famed Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel where the Singapore Sling was invented (Singapore Sling = Gin, Cherry Heering, Bénédictine, and fresh pineapple juice). We all enjoyed one (and in some cases a couple) of the yummy drinks until the rain stopped. After the Long Bar we proceeded outside for a trishaw (rickshaw) ride through the Arab Quarter and Little India areas of Singapore, both representative of the mixed population of Singapore….

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