Grant Murray Wins 2016 Peter F. Heering Classics Challenge on

Grant Murray has won the 2016 Peter F. Heering Classics Challenge after the Global Final with his modern classic cocktail ‘Brace Position’.

Contestants from 46 countries participated in the competition, with a global jury selecting just one winner from each. The top ten semi-finalists were then flown to London where they competed in a live challenge, and whittled down to the top five.

The five global finalists were tasked with creating an inspired modern classic cocktail, heroing Cherry Heering. Contestants presented their cocktails and philosophies behind the drinks at a live event at the Joyeux Brodel London.

The five finalists that battled it out during London’s Cocktail Week were:

Pita Dixon, Australia with cocktail ‘The Right Way’
Andrew Schneider, Canada with cocktail ‘Mount Pleasant’
Dawid Guzik, Luxembourg with cocktail ‘Secret Clover’
Laura Walker, New Zealand with cocktail ‘Blood from a Stone’
Grant Murray, UK with cocktail ‘Brace Position’

Of the competition, Adéle Robberstad, CEO Peter F. Heering, stated, “The passion, commitment and sharing of talent using the Heering brand in his competition is now our present day history that makes us as proud as the day the Heering brand was created, almost 200 years ago.”

You can view all 46 global finalists presenting their cocktails in a series of YouTube videos here.

Inverness mixologist takes top title on

INVERNESS bartender Grant Murray has come out on top from a field of thousands at London Cocktail Week, picking up the Peter F. Heering Classics cocktail title for 2016.

Murray, who is general manager of Scotch & Rye and Bar One, impressed judges first in a semi-final of ten bartenders at the private bar of Simon Difford, founder of the mixology-focused Difford’s Guide, before clinching the title at the grand final held in the Joyeux Bordel Bar in Shoreditch, London.

Over 2500 bartenders from across the globe are said to have entered the competition, which called for a modern Cherry Heering twist on a classic cocktail.

Murray described taking the top spot as a “surreal and incredible” experience.

“I was amongst some of the world’s very best bartenders that week, mingling with people I have looked up to all of my career,” he said.

“It’s a major milestone for me.

“It was an incredible fantastic experience. I think it is incredible for me, it’s incredible for the bars I look after and it’s incredible for Inverness.”

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Spirited city mixer is world number one on

Written byLaurence Ford

INVERNESS has its very own world champion – and that’s official.

Thirty-year-old Grant Murray has just returned from London where he won the prestigious Cherry Heering Classic Cocktail challenge 2016 title.

Grant, who lives in the Lochardil area, is the general manager of two popular Inverness bars, Scotch and Rye and Bar One – founded by his brother Scott – both of which have established themselves as leading movers and shakers on the city cocktail scene.

To win the title, Grant shook his way to victory against an incredible 2582 competitors from 46 different countries with his cocktail called “Brace Position” which contains a tantalising mix of Ardbeg 10 whisky, Botanist gin, Creme de Violet, Cherry Heering, lime juice and sugar syrup. The competition narrowed down to one competitor from each country taking part in the selection process and this was whittled down further to 10 people being flown to London for the semi-final with five going through to the final.

This was held in the Joyeux Bordel Bar in London’s Shoreditch last Thursday morning where Grant showed the best of the cocktail world that he is the number one.

Grant described the experience as surreal and said he still found it hard to take in that he was a world champion from Inverness.

“It is a major milestone for me,” he said. “It was an absolutely fantastic experience. I think it is incredible for me, its incredible for the bars I look after and its incredible for Inverness.

“It has been a mission of mine for the last few years and it is the biggest accolade I have ever received for my work. It is still hard to take in.”

And, he added: “I am so blown away, and unbelievably chuffed. I worked really hard for this and had so much fun doing so. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for supporting me so incredibly.

“Thank you to my wife Faye and my beautiful little girl Evie for letting me leave them alone while they’re not well to go and do this, and being so incredibly supportive throughout.

“I was up against some great people and some brilliant bartending talent.”

He also paid tribute to his competitors who made it to the last 10, saying it has been great to hang out and work with them.

“I love this industry, everyone has been so amazing,” he said. “I truly have made some new friends this week and have learned so much from this experience.”



October — 2016 (London, England) The Aviation is the classic choice. Grant Murray from   UK and his modern classic cocktail the “Brace Position” has answered the challenge and has been named the winner of the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classics. 10 global bar star semifinalists were flown to London, England and shook things up during the famed London Cocktail Week

10 Global Semi-Finalists to the Final Five

Five global finalists from the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classics were announced last week during London Cocktail Week festivities. The final five global finalists created an inspired modern classic cocktail with CHERRY HEERING® and presented their modern classic and philosophy behind at the finale event at Joyeux Bordel London.

 “The 2016 Peter F. Heering Classics inspired the Heering brand itself in a way that is more than special”, said Adéle Robberstad, CEO Peter F. Heering “the passion, commitment and sharing of talent using the Heering brand in his competition is now our present day history that makes us as proud as the day the Heering brand was created, almost 200 years ago.”

Pita Dixon I Australia I “The Right Way”

Andrew Schneider I Canada I “Mount Pleasant”

Dawid Guzik I Luxembourg I “Secret Clover”

Laura Walker I New Zealand I “Blood from a Stone”

Grant Murray I UK I “Brace Position”

The 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classics finalists were selected by a global jury comprised of Simon Difford – one of the worlds most renowned and respected drinks experts, David WondrichJames 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, Hamish Smith, a multi-award winning drinks journalist at Drinks International Magazine, Lauren Mote, Co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, a wildly successful line of high quality small batch cocktail and culinary bitters and Charlene Dawes, Managing Director and Owner of Tastings Group Limited.

The Peter F. Heering® Classics tapped the best bar talent in the world to re-write cocktail history by creating their version of a classic cocktail.





15ml Ardbeg poured into ice filled Boston, stir and strain out liquid, leaving whisky coated ice in Boston.   Then put into Boston…

35ml Botanist Gin

15ml Cherry Heering

10ml Briottet Liqueur de Violette

15ml Fresh lemon juice

15ml Sugar syrup (3:1)

Shake all ingredients together and fine strain into chilled speakeasy martini glass.   Garnished with cherry and lemon twist.



25ml cognac (Pierre Ferrand)

25ml rye whisky (Rittenhouse Rye 100)

25ml Cherry Heering

2 dash Angostura bitters

2 dash Peychaud’s bitters

-Build in mixing glass or a Boston glass -Add ice  -Stir -Strain over block ice  Orange twist to garnish  (I have put my preferred brands for use in this cocktail)



2oz Cherry Herring

.5oz Orgeat

.25oz Fernet Branca

1oz Lemon Juice

1 egg white

Shake all ingredients without ice, then with ice. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.



4,5cl Copperhead Gin

3cl Cherry Heering

2 bsp Honey Acacia

6 Fresh raspberries

1,5cl Resh lime juice

1 Whole egg white

4 dash Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Garnish: Marzipan flavored with cherry and honey

Glass: Martini cocktail glass

Method: Crush raspberries and add all ingredients. Dry shaken, shake with ice. Double strain



20ml Cherry Heering

20ml Gin

10ml Carpano Antica Formula

10ml Bordeaux blend red wine (Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc)

20ml Lemon juice

5ml Sugar

Shake with ice and double strain into a chilled glass. Serve with a cloth sprayed with a smokey whisky.


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