by Tan Vinh

….  Recipes to try: Last month, at the Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, I got to judge cocktails along with Charles Joly, of the James Beard Award winning bar, The Aviary in Chicago. The goal was to help pick some of the world’s best spins on the classic Singapore Sling.

Two cocktails stood out for me, and I included the recipes below for the home mixologists to try.

Here’s the instructional video on how to make those cocktails. The Rye Sling is at the 10:13 mark and the Highland Sling at the 58.13 mark.

Highland Sling by Michael Flannery from New York City

1 oz Cherry Heering

1 oz Siete Leguas Blanco tequila

3/4 oz fresh pineapple juice

3/4 oz fresh tangerine juice

3/4 oz fresh lime juice

1/2 oz Benedictine

1 bar spoon Green Chartreuse

2 dashes Dale DeGroff Pimento bitters


Rye Sling Star by Ben Manchester from England

25ml Rye Whiskey (I used Rittenhouse 100 Proof)

20ml Cherry Heering

10ml Applejack (Lairds)

5ml Green Chartreuse

Dash Cherry Bitters (Fee Brothers)

75ml Apple Juice

10ml Lemon Juice


These two finalists, along with three others, will compete in the Peter F. Heering Sling Award in Berlin Oct. 8 and 9.



2013 Tales of the Cocktail Set the Scene


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; 2013 James 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, This group 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:

From England, Rye Sling Star, by Ben Manchester, Hotel du Vin, Brighton

From Spain, Passage of Singapore, by Juan Jose Maillo Garrido, Cameo Bar

From USA, Highland Sling, by Michael Flannery, Apt 13

From USA, The Bucktown Sling, by AnneMarie Sagoi, The Charleston

From USA, Sterling Sling, by Lucinda Sterling, Middle Branch Bar

The Singapore Sling is a South-East Asian cocktail, a long drink developed sometime before 1915 by 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®.

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 cherryheering Heering

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