What the Heck Is a Sling? Cherry Heering Wants to Help You Learn on huffingtonpost.com

By Tony Sachs

All through September and October I kept hearing about the Peter F. Heering Sling Awards which were taking place in Berlin. I wasn’t particularly interested because, well, it’s one of approximately 12 skadillion cocktail competitions that take place around the globe each year. And besides, I thought, I don’t even really know what a sling is.

Which got me wondering — what the heck is a sling, anyway? My knowledge included exactly three sling-related factoids:

1. The bittered sling was present at the birth of the modern cocktail in the early 1800s — in fact, the very first mention of the word “cocktail” in print, back in 1806, mentioned that it was “vulgarly known as bittered sling.” It was described as a spirit, sugar, water and bitters, which basically made it an Old Fashioned.

2. The Singapore Sling is a yummy cocktail first created at at the Raffles hotel bar in Singapore in the early 20th century. It includes lots of ingredients, at least one of which I never have on hand, so I don’t make it at home.

3. Modern slings include Cherry Heering.

Well, I was right about #1, at least. Nobody quite knows what the real, proper, original Singapore Sling recipe was. And in fact the early Singapore Slings may not have even included Cherry Heering, although today it’s a virtually essential ingredient.

At this point you may be asking, what the heck is Cherry Heering? Well, first off, it’s not a fruit-flavored fish. It’s actually a cherry brandy from Denmark that’s been around since 1818. It makes a delicious after-dinner liqueur, but more importantly it’s used in the Singapore Sling and the Scotch whisky-based Blood & Sand, two of the greatest cocktails you may have never made at home, possibly because you don’t have a bottle of Cherry Heering on hand.

The Blood & Sand’s recipe is more or less a constant, but the air of mystery surrounding the Singapore Sling’s “real” recipe gives bartenders, both pro and amateur, a lot of latitude when creating it. Which is why the Peter F. Heering Sling Award competition can exist. Which leads us back to the question, what is a sling? Simon Difford, one of the judges for the semifinal, said, “”The definition of what a Sling actually is was stretched to the breaking point by some competitors in their quest to stand out….” Other judges, like
David Rosengarten, the famed food/wine writer and one of the judges of the contest, admitted to not really knowing the textbook definition of a sling: “I wasn’t sure what had to be included in a sling, besides Cherry Heering, of course [this was the one hard-and-fast rule of the competition]. Gin? Juice? And then [fellow judge and cocktail historian] David Wondrich took us aside and told us, ‘Don’t think of the Singapore Sling as a drink, think of it as a category.’ And then it all made sense.” A HA!

Suitably emboldened, the panel of six judges (plus the invited audience, which also cast votes) tried the five drinks and quickly and unanimously settled on the winner. As Rosengarten put it, “It was pretty obvious to me which one stood out from the rest, and it turned out that the rest of the panel felt the same way.” The triumphant cocktail was the Sloe Sling, created by Denmark’s own Nick Kobbernagel Hovind, which switches out traditional gin and Benedictine for sloe gin (flavored with sloe berries) and aquavit — a nice Nordic touch. The recipe, for all you home bartenders out there:

In a Boston shaker glass combine the following ingredients….

2 cl. Cherry Heering
1.5 cl. Bitter Truth Sloe gin
4 cl. Aalborg Taffel Aquavit
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
3 cl. Fresh lemon juice
1 cl. Simple Syrup
1 small dash egg white

Shake all ingredients hard for 8 seconds. Double strain into a very chilled Palais glass. Top with 3 cl. soda and stir. Garnish.

(In case you’re wondering, 3 cl. is about 1 ounce.)

Does that explain what a sling is? Not really? Perhaps the best idea is to fix up a sling of your own and stop worrying about it. Here’s a Singapore Sling recipe from Gary (gaz) Regan’s indispensable tome, The Joy Of Mixology. Don’t be afraid to muck about with it — switching out ratios, base spirits, citrus, you name it (I recently made one using Basil Hayden’s bourbon in place of gin). After all, the Singapore Sling isn’t just a cocktail, it’s a category. Get it now?

Gaz Regan’s Singapore Sling recipe:

2 oz. London dry gin (gaz recommends Beefeater)
1/2 oz. Cherry Heering
1/4 oz. Benedictine
1/2 oz. triple sec
2 oz. pineapple juice
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
Angostura bitters to taste
Club soda

Shake everything except the club soda, and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with club soda.


Beer cocktails are here to stay


Jacobsen Brewhouse and liqueur producer Peter F. Heering in exclusive partnership

The combination of beer and cocktails have grown at bars in New York and Los Angeles as well as in cities across Europe for many years. Although both are an established part of Danish culture is the phenomenon beer cocktails not yet widely distributed in Denmark. It inspired Jacobsen Brewhouse and liqueur Dynasty Peter F. Heering to an exciting collaboration to get the Danish population to realize the combination of beer and liquor, and are therefore launching the beer cocktail Brandy Ale Xander in collaboration with Copenhagen cocktail GILT.

The trend is obvious. Beer cocktails or cocktails mixed with beer are here to stay. For some it may sound like a new gimmick, but the idea of ​​mixing drinks of beer is actually hundreds of years old and originated in 1800s England.Here was the first beer cocktail, Shandy, invented, which you can still get in any English pub with respect for itself. The reinterpretation of the beer cocktail has been a powerful trend in the United States in recent times, while they have experimented with the phenomenon across Europe for several years.

The beer cocktail is also slowly gaining a foothold among the Danes. However, the beer is associated with quite distinct traditions in Denmark, so we maybe have an inclination for being a bit cautious about moving away from something that we know so well. However, it is not something you should be as careful about explains Peter Altenburg, owner of the classic Copenhagen cocktail bars GILT and Holmen’s Canal. The beer cocktail integrates the best of both worlds in unique ways. At Gilt they have, after the introduction of the beer cocktail on the menu, had great demands among the guests for beer cocktails. Peter Altenburg explains:

“There is a very special balance between bitterness and sweetness in beer, that cannot be found in many other products. It has something to do with, how beer is a brought together- and reworked product. This balance as well as the beers hops brings fantastic flavor nuances in cocktails. In addition, are the beers’ bubbles much softer than other carbonated products.”

Jacobsen Brewhouse and liqueur Dynasty Peter F. Heering have, in co-operation with Peter Altenburg, developed a beer cocktail to winter’s dark nights that demonstrates the beer cocktail’s unique flavor interaction. The exclusive beer cocktail is based on the classic cocktail, Brandy Alexander. The caramelized flavor notes of Jacobsen Brown Ale brings out the nutty coffee notes in Coffee Heering to a new level, while the hops in Jacobsen Brown Ale balances the sweetness in cocktails. It gives the cocktail a special depth while also getting the feel of a good Ale, without being too bitter.


30 ml Coffee Heering

Jacobsen Brown Ale

20 ml Cognac

20 ml fløde


Halloween drinks & cocktails: 8 blood-curdling beverages & creepy cocktails on examiner.com

With the Halloween holiday right around the corner, now is the time to decide what defrightful drinks and creepy cocktails you’ll be servin’ to all those thirsty ghosts, ghouls and goblins. According to The Telegraph report published on Oct. 26, when it comes to Halloween, getting your human and non-human guests into the Halloween “spirit” is easy with just the right drink.

Whether you are planning a bewitching bash or intimate get-together, the following show-stopping recipes are guaranteed to send great big chills up and down your ghoulish guests’ spines – if they have one, that is. Get ready to get creeped out.

Blood and Sand – This cocktail, from Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails, calls for blended scotch, orange juice, cherry heering, sweet vermouth and a maraschino cherry for garnish.

Gimmick or genius? Ice ball cocktails could be the next cool thing

…That’s just what Hammett was doing, putting balls of ice in his bourbon at home, when he decided to experiment. “I put everything but the main spirit in a ball and froze it, and as it melts the flavor of the drink changes. It goes from boozy to sweeter as you go.”

With the help of the establishment’s bartenders, he took his Old Fashioned recipe and created an ice ball version. Now called Ice Ball Oldie, it includes cherry heering, orange and lemon zest and a maraschino cherry frozen in the ice ball. Knob Creek Rye is poured over it in a glass….



Heer´s Another Cherry Liqueur You Should Know

Maraschino isn’t the only cherry liqueur on the block. Cherry Heering is another variety boasting a legacy that likewise stretches back more than a century. And the differences between them are striking — starting with their colors.

The Unique Qualities of Cherry Heering
While there are a (small) number of producers of maraschino liqueur, Cherry Heering is both a brand and unique type of cherry liqueur unto itself. The lone producer of Cherry Heering would prefer you call it Heering Cherry Liqueur, but no one really abides by that.

Established in 1818, the liqueur is named for its creator, Peter Heering. It’s Danish in origin (although the juice in my bottle comes from Sweden, according to the label’s fine print) and clocks in at 24 percent ABV, a few points lower in strength than the most common maraschino liqueurs that make it to the U.S.

Getting back to that color, it’s a deep, wine-dark red — in marked contrast to maraschino’s often-transparent clarity. Both its color and low alcohol content point to another important distinction between Cherry Heering and maraschino liqueur: the former results from infusion of fruit in spirits; the latter entails a distillation, a process that yields a clear or nearly clear distillate.

Cherry Heering is made with Danish cherries (several sources note the variety as the Stevens), which are crushed and left to soak in neutral spirits along with a selection of spices. According to drinks writer Paul Clarke, that liquid is then aged in barrels for as long as five years, during which time sugar is added to sweeten the product. By comparison, Cherry Heering is much richer, sweeter, and more viscous of a product than maraschino. There’s a candied, vanilla aspect reminiscent of dessert wine.

Can I Substitute Cherry Heering for Maraschino?
Basically, Cherry Heering isn’t really interchangeable with maraschino, despite their both being cherry liqueurs. And so it’s not surprising that a set of classic cocktails has grown up around Cherry Heering much like those associate with maraschino. Three of the best-known concoctions are the Singapore Sling, a gin drink or equatorial origin; Remember the Maine, a boozy, brown-and-stirred number made with rye whiskey; and the Blood and Sand, one of the rare cocktails that features Scotch whisky.

Do you have any other favorite uses for this unique cherry liqueur?

(Image credits: Roger Kamholz)

The final five in the Peter F. Heering Awards on thecocktaillovers.com

August 27, 2014
Held at Diffords HQ in London yesterday the five global finalists in the Peter F. Heering Sling Awards 2014 have been announced.
Big high-fives to following:

Taoufike Zrafi from Canada. Cocktail: The Bittered Sling
Nick Kobbernagel Hovind from Denmark. Cocktail: The Sloe Sling
Sigrid Sarv from Estonia. Cocktail: O’Polo Sling
Aron Christian Lobrino Manzanillo from Singapore. Cocktail: Fables of the East
Jon Kraus from USA. Cocktail: Pepito’s Slingshot

Judged by a tip-top panel headed up by Simon Difford and including Simon Webster from Barlife UK and Luca Cordiglieri from China Tang it proved a difficult day’s work whittling the 17 semi-finalists down to five.

“The definition of what a Sling actually is was stretched to the breaking point by some competitors in their quest to stand out while others stuck to a recognizable riff on a Singapore Sling with unexpected flavors such as tea, celery and rhubarb,” said Difford. “Sampling these very individual 17 drinks made for a most interesting day with Cherry Heering which rightfully shined through in the best entries”.

Taoufike, Nick, Sigrid, Aron and Jon will travel to Berlin for the Peter F. Heering final on 7th and 8th October during Berlin Bar Convent.


Sommerens bedste drink on bloglovin.com

Jeg elsker en god syrlig drink, og jeg syntes jeg har fundet sommerens bedste bud. Efter jeg har lært Cherry Heering at kende, bruger jeg det i de fleste drinks. Det giver en dejlig frugtig smag, som er lækkert at sætte sammen med noget surt, som grape eller citron. Min favorit drik denne sommer, som jeg serverede i en stor kande, til de voksne, til Konrads fødselsdag består af. Gin, Herring , frisk grape juice og Rose lemonade. Prøv den næste gang I skal have gæster, den drink jeg laver, har jeg ikke selv fundet på, den er udviklet af en Danmarks bedste bartendere fra Umami. Den kan klart anbefales.

Friday Night cocktail on nicdempsey.com

Friday Night Cocktail
Posted on October 10, 2014 by nicdempsey
I know it’s been a while. Mostly because I can’t get my act together enough to make a cocktail, photograph a cocktail and drink a cocktail on the weekend so I can post it on Friday.

I’ve been thinking about this cocktail a lot since I first tried it when Matt took me to the Gibson, in DC. It’s not common here and I’m such a creature of habit. Ma’s first reaction when I told her about it was “It sounds like a less simple manhattan, a manhattan is perfect, why would you want anything else?”. She has a point. I also don’t have absinthe, however, I’ve covered that before by using Pernod and I did the same this time.

The Maine we’re supposed to remember is the USS Maine a dreadnought that exploded in Havana in 1898. The US claimed the Spanish did it and declared war, the popular catchphrase of the time was “Remember the Maine, the Hell with Spain”. Catchy.

I like it, I’m not sure that it will replace the manhattan as my favourite cocktail, however, the Heering and the Pernod add a complexity that I really like. It’s a keeper.

The recipe I used came from Imbibe, which in turn came from ‘The Gentleman’s Companion’ by Charles H. Baker, Jr. If you like manhattans, give this one a go!

Drink: Escape Velocity on philly.com

POSTED: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:01 AM
Are you “good,” or are you “bad?”

The possibility we may be both is a tension that always hangs in the air – and even in the cocktails – at Charlie was a sinner. You can be virtuous with a creamy green shot of fresh-squeezed wheatgrass, but it’ll come with a jolt of Chatreuse, the potent herbal liqueur I now realize is exactly what I’ve been missing each time I struggled to swallow a patch of juiced turf.

I’m not a smoker, either (that’s bad for you, you know).

But when general manager Pete Venuto steeps Holt’s Balkan Sobranie pipe tobacco in Johnny Walker Black for the Escape Velocity, he taps the whiskey’s natural affinity for smoke and I find it irresistible, the Scotch riding a puff of earthy sweetness above the brooding Caprano Antica vermouth, the fruity cherry heering liqueur and orange bitters, the candlelit glow of its giant ice-cube rock.

Now that’s all good – right? – Craig LaBan
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20141019_Drink__Escape_Velocity.html#GUhWZE8IlJL56sfG.99

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