Commander-in-Chief Cocktail

Recipe courtesy of Michael Lay, mixologist

Restaurant 1833, Monterey

Commander-in-Chief Cocktail

Serves 1

2 ounces Bulleit Rye

1/2 ounce Carpano Antica

1/2 ounce Campari

1/2 ounce Cherry Heering

2 dashes of Fee’s Orange Bitters

Flamed orange zest, to garnish

Stir the rye, Carpano Antica, Campari, Cherry Heering and bitters together. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a flamed strip of orange zest, and serve with appropriate fanfare.


Speed Rack returns to NYC for year two in the search for America’s fastest female bartender while raising funds to find a cure
New York, NY, October 17, 2012 – Like the city’s mayor who liked his job so much he took it on two more times, New York City will become, on November 4th, a third time host for the nationally renowned all-female speed bartending charity competition, Speed Rack.
Speed Rack is the first nationwide competition designed to highlight up and coming women in the spirits industry, and build a stronger sense of community while giving back to those impacted by breast cancer. In that effort Speed Rack taps top female bartenders in key cocktail markets and puts them head to head in timed challenges that’s all about the speedy shaking of cocktails, all for the purpose of raising funds for breast cancer charities like SHARE ( and other charities supporting breast cancer research. The 10-city 2012-2013 tour, which opened in Boston on October 3rd during the Boston Cocktail Summit, follows the success of last year’s Speed Rack competition, which raised over $69,000.
It’s a historical return to NYC on November 4th as Speed Rack was conceived of in this town so nice they named it twice. Prior to the upcoming competition NYC was the site of both the preview competition in June 2011 and the national finals in May 2012. Now it’s time for a second effort to find the fastest female bartender in New York’s tri-state area.
Using sponsors’ products* these participating local bartenders are required to make a round of cocktails, culled from a list of 50 accepted industry standard recipes, in front of a panel of judges. Judges will rate each drink based on prep time and accuracy. The judging panel includes spirit industry luminaries such as Dale DeGroff, Julie Reiner, Audrey Saunders, Simon Ford, and locally based hospitality leaders in each city.
Leading the charge are Speed Rack co-founders, Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix. Mix, in awe of the impact they’ve had thus far, says, “When this all started, I had NO IDEA it would turn into what it has become.” Marrero is equally excited about the competition’s growth. She remarks, “I am excited for year two. The level of competition is expected to be higher. I think we will see ladies really pushing the limits. Now that we are a year in people know what to expect. Returning ladies have had time to think about strategy. Girls are running training sessions in their home towns! A lot of the ladies who felt like they have something to prove are ready to come back this year and prove to themselves that they have what it takes. It’s exciting.”
After the excitement of the recent competition in Boston, which raised $4,537.00 and put Speed Rack that much closer to its 2012/2013 goal, it’ll be great to see how NYC shows (see competitors’ list below). Following New York it’s off to Tucson on November 18th and Tampa on December 3rd. In 2013 the tour will hit St Louis, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Chicago. At each event, attendees enjoy small bites from local restaurants as well as punches and cocktails from each one of our major sponsors.
While ALL of Speed Rack’s sponsors are special it is Remy Cointreau who has provided the ultimate prize for the young lady crowned Miss Speed Rack 2013 – an all inclusive trip for two to France to tour the beauty of the Anjou region and discover the essence of Cointreau production at the Remy Cointreau distillery, courtesy of the brand. In addition the founding Partners of BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) are offering a scholarship to their 5 day program
So that the winner from every city gets to New York for their shot at the crown and the France trip, Speed Rack’s returning sponsor, St Germain, is guaranteeing each of this year’s local winners a $500 honorarium to compete in the May 2013 finals in NYC.
Created by Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero of LUPEC NYC, the 10 city tour will be produced by Speed Rack Inc with event coordination by Claire Bertin-Lang of CBLLC. Videos will be produced by LeJit Productions.
Additional information can be found on the Speed Rack website, on Facebook www.facebook/speedrackinfo and on twitter @speed-rack. To compete please contact or
Tickets for the New York event can be purchased online for $20 at http:// or for $25 at the door.
For a taste of last year’s antics, please check out last season’s videos at our partner
Small Screen Network :

Santos Party House
96 Lafayette St

Time: 3 – 7 PM


Elayne Duff – Luxury Mixologist- Diageo Wine and Spirits

Steve Olson – Aka Winegeek, 2012 winner Tales of the Cocktail best Bar Mentor

Julie Reiner – Co-owner of Flatiron Lounge and Clover Club, one of the World’s 50 best bars in the World 2012

Aisha Sharpe – NYC based cocktail consultant, and spirits educator, Advisory Board member

Alaska McFadden 597 Manhattan Ave
Beate Kiser Kingswood
Bess Gulliver Hotel Monaco
Candace Coy Mother’s Ruin
Carie Bletz-Fuller Pegu Club
Casey Tizio Soho House NYC
Claire Needham The Beagle, Basik
Erika Ordonez Dudley’s, Nights and Weekends
Eryn Reece Mayahuel, Death & Company
Jessica Duré Dick & Jane’s
Jillian B. Vose Death & Company
Kellirose Scriboni Soho House NYC
Lucinda Sterling Middle Branch
Meaghan Montagano Huckleberry Bar
Natalia Chavez Studio XXI
Natasha David Nitecap
Nicole Osorio Sofrito
Shaunna McCarthy Pulqueria
Vanessa Hulsey Saxon + Parole

Chris Patino

Kimiko Masuda

*Participating Sponsors:

Top Shelf Sponsors
Imbibe Magazine
Pernod Ricard USA

Platinum Sponsors
Absolut Vodka
Beefeater Gin
Brugal Rum
Four Roses Bourbon

Gold Sponsors
Bacardi USA: Benedictine, Drambuie, Martini
Cutty Sark
Heering: Cherry and Coffee
St Germain

Silver Sponsors
Barrits Ginger beer
Croft Port
Del Maguey
Haus Alpenz
Macchu Pisco/La Diablada
Perfect Purée
Local Sponsors
Macao Trading Company
Fever Tree Products
Employees Only brands
Media Partners
Press and Marketing

Bar Convent Berlin – One of The Best Bar Shows in The World on

With Tales of the Cocktail, Manhattan Cocktail Classic, SF, PDX, LAX, BOS, and AZ cocktail weeks, you’d think that Americans would hold the crown for the best bar show in the world. In truth, while many of these US-based events are fantastic, it’s actually the Berlin Bar Show (or Bar Convent Berlin) that manages to come out on top.
Now in its fifth year, the BCB manages a perfect balance of trade show, conference, and bartender gathering. The core of Bar Convent Berlin is the spirited trade show with two full floors of spirit vendors and companies sampling their wares and making cocktails for conference attendees. One of the things that makes the BCB so enjoyable is that many of the spirit companies set up mini bars for attendees to sit and linger. This gives the show a much more relaxed feel to it and people actually stop, sit, and enjoy their cocktails.

BCB was also an opportunity for brands to show off the winners of their cocktail competitions.
…Cherry Heering flew out Seattle bartender Philip Thompson from The Coterie to make his award-winning Singapore Sling Variation, Sling & Fizzle.

Reinventing The Singapore Sling With Cherry Heering on

A great cocktail has the potential to boost an entire category of spirits, like the Margarita did for Tequila or the Pisco Sour did for Pisco. They also have the power to elevate a single brand into the indelible lexicon of drinks, like the Dark and Stormy did for Gosling’s Dark Rum or the Bacardi Cocktail did for Bacardi. For Cherry Heering, the drink which solidified their place in the drinking pantheon was the Singapore Sling. Created at the turn of the century at the Long Bar in the Raffle’s Hotel in Singapore by Mr. Ngiam Tong Boon, the Singapore Sling brought together gin, pineapple juice, Cointreau, Benedictine, Grenadine, Angostura Bitters and Cherry Heering Liqueur into a complex but approachable cocktail. Not only was the drink a smash hit, it brought Cherry Heering into countless bars around the world.

Cherry Heering had already been sold for almost a century before the Singapore Sling. Often considered one of the original cherry brandy liqueurs, Cherry Heering launched in Denmark in 1818. Over its hundred year history prior to the Sling, Cherry Heering won a bevy of royal stamps and medals including the seal of both H.M. Queen Elisabeth II of the United Kingdom and H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

With the craft cocktail revival over the past few years, Cherry Heering and the Singapore Sling (along with the Blood and Sand) have seen a revival. Recently, Cherry Heering held a contest among both American and German bartenders to find a modern interpretation of the classic cocktail. Philip Thompson from the Coterie in Seattle, WA managed to come out on top with his Sling & Fizzle.

The Sling & Fizzle
by Philip Thompson

1 oz gin
1 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz Combier Orange
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Grenadine (NOT Roses – a good quality, rich Grenadine is required here)
1 oz fresh lemon juice
4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. After sufficiently cold, add 1 1/2 oz cold soda water, and pour everything through a double strainer into a chilled Collins glass.

For Foam:
1 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz egg white
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice

Combine all ingredients in a ISI container and charge with 2 CO2 charges. Set aside in ice.

Take the chilled ISI container and gently top cocktail with foam. Garnish with a couple drops of Angostura Bitters swirled into a pretty design. DO NOT SERVE WITH A STRAW!

By migrating the pineapple juice to the foam, and adding lemon juice and soda water, Philip transformed the Sling into a much lighter and more refreshing drink. Adding the foam enhances the aromatics and brings the bright cherry notes from the Heering into the mix.

Will the Sling & Fizzle become a modern classic? Who knows, but it serves as a fantastic reminder of the way that cocktails can impact spirits, and how a drink that’s existed for almost a hundred years can be as relevant as when it was first served. see how Philip Thompson won


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