There’s a big, bad world of fruit liqueurs out there—take it from us, we’ve tried too many. But there are a few of that stand out as truly well-crafted products, carrying genuine flavors without too much sugar (and without any garish artificial colors). One of the best is Cherry Heering.

Made in Denmark for nearly 200 years, the cherry liqueur (created by Peter Heering) infuses neutral spirits with local cherries and spice, giving it a complex, sweet-but-a-little-tart character that’s perfect in cocktails. (The ruby red color doesn’t hurt, either.) Here are three of our favorites.

Note to the wise: Cherry drinks call for cherry garnishes, but please don’t reach for a jar of unnaturally red maraschino. Get fresh cherries or, if you’re feeling more bartender-y, brandied cherries (find them at most specialty food shops and good liquor stores).

Easy: Cherry Soda

This cocktail is almost too simple—it’s as easy to drink three of them as one (and we speak from experience). Perfect party fare.

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 3/4 ounce Cherry Heering, 3/4 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1/4 ounce of simple syrup. Shake that all up and strain into a tall glass with fresh ice. Top with two ounces of club soda. Garnish with lemon wheels and cherries.

Intermediate: Cherry Old Fashioned

An Old Fashioned unites whiskey, bitters, and sugar, but here, we’re swapping in Cherry Heering for most of the sugar. We’re using Rittenhouse rye, which is 100 proof and packs a certain punch, with a dry spiciness that works well with the sweetness of Cherry Heering. And because it’s fruity—but not too sweet—this is a great drink in the winter or the summer.

Instructions: In a mixing glass with ice, combine 2 ounces of Rittenhouse rye, 3/4 ounce Cherry Heering and 1/4 ounce of simple syrup. Add 2 dashes Angostura and a dash of orange bitters, if you have ’em. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cherry and a big twist of lemon peel—twisting over the surface of the drink to spray its citrus oils all over.

Advanced: Cherry Thistle

We love a real whiskey sour, which means no sour mix, please, but whiskey, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and an egg white to add a light, silky texture. A little Cherry Heering is the perfect addition. We’re using Cutty Sark Prohibition here, a blended Scotch that has a little bit of a chocolatey undertone. Think of this drink as a chocolate-covered cherry.

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker without ice, combine 1 1/2 ounces Scotch, 1 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce Cherry Heering, and 1/4 ounce simple syrup. Add one egg white. Shake all that up hard without ice (this is called a “dry shake”) and then add ice and shake again (the “wet shake”). Strain glass into a cocktail. Garnish with a cherry.



by David on OCTOBER 7, 2014

It is early evening in Berlin. I arrived in Germany this morning from New York on a mission: to find the world’s reigning mixology genius when it comes to the Singapore Sling. And by mid-evening New York time, the world will know!

I have been at the annual Berlin Bar Show all day, “warming up” my palate. It is an extraordinary collection of bar products from all over the world: drinks, mixers, bar accessories, etc. But the highlight of my day was the 3:30 PM talk that paved the way for tonight’s Singapore Sling contest, which is sponsored by Peter Heering, the Danish company that since 1818 has been producing Heering Cherry Liqueur, an essential ingredient of the Singapore Sling.

The 3:30 talk was given by David Wondrich, the rock star of all contemporary mixology rock stars. He presented a compelling history of the Singapore Sling, finding its roots in old English “punches,” then on to American “slings” of the19th century, then on to the variations devised in Singapore in the early 1900s which became known as the Singapore Sling.

Wondrich’s thesis was a wonderful set-up for tonight’s contest. He told us that gin and cherry liqueur are the two absolutes of a Singapore Sling…but went on to point out that because there is such variety in Singapore Slings, it is “really a class of drinks rather than one drink.”

Perfect. Because here’s what the Peter Heering company did in advance of tonight’s contest: they spent the year looking for brilliant new Singapore Slings that fit within the “class.” Their international panel considered over 1000 drinks, devised by leading mixologists from 44 countries. Then they selected the top five Singapore Slings…and brought all of the creators to Berlin today, so they could sling ‘em at a panel of judges tonight. I am proud to be one of those judges…and I am confident that by 7PM EST tonight, we will have found the best damn Singapore Sling in the world today. Make that the universe.

Here are the five contestants, where they’re from, and the Sling variant each one has created:

Aron Christian Manzanillo
Fables of the East

Taoufike Zafri
The Bittered Sling

John Kraus
New York City
Pepito’s Slingshot

Sigrid Sarv
O’ Polo Sling

Nick Kobbernagel Hovind
The Sloe Sling


09 October, 2014
By Holly Motion

Danish bartender Nick Kobbernagel Hovind was named global winner of the Peter F. Heering Sling Awards at the Ritz Carlton, Berlin.

Five global finalists who hailed from five different countries served their own take on the Sling to the six judges including cocktail historian, David Wondrich and David Rosengarten of Forbes Magazine.

Nick Kobbernagel Hovind impressed judges with his Sloe Sling to take home the title, €500 prize and silver Stelton Shaker.

The Peter F. Heering Sling Award has grown from 27 participating countries last year to 44 participating Sling-inspired countries.

Adéle Robberstad, Peter F. Heering CEO said: “The creativity that these bartenders put into their Sling cocktail creations, has raised the standard for what a Sling can be and how truly fashionable the Cherry Heering brand is and always will be.

“The global participation was flattering considering the volume of cocktail competitions around the world, though we look at the Sling Awards as more than just a competition, we see it as an opportunity to honor one of the most classic cocktails of all-time with a Cherry Heering on top,” Robberstad said.

The four other global finalists were Taoufike Zrafi, Canada; Sigrid Sarv, Estonia; Canada’s Christian Lobrino Manzanillo and Jon Krau, USA.


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, Liquor.com. 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 https://www.heering.com

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Park, Harvard Square

Posted by Josh Childs

Beer cocktails are not easy, but when they succeed, well, everyone’s happy, including me. Chris Balchum pouring the other night at Park in Harvard Square is doing just that with:

Tom Terrific by Daren Swisher
1 ¾ oz. Hayman’s Old Tom Gin (slightly sweeter style than London dry)
½ oz. Cherry Heering (Brandy based cherry liqueur)
½ oz. Demerara Syrup (richer simple syrup made with sugar in the raw- named after a formerly colonized area of Guyana)
½ oz. Lemon Juice
2 oz. Great Divide Titan IPA

Combine ingredients over ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass.
Top with 2 oz. IPA; roll back and forth in a shaker tin.
Garnish with an orange and cherry flag. Sweet, sour, pleasantly bitter hops, perfectly balanced and ready for Spring refreshment.


My sister-in-law requested a cocktail that would unwind you after a rough day. Something comforting that wouldn’t put you on your ass for the night. Here it is.


$26 for $52-worth of Heering Cherry and Coffee Liquers! on JDEALS.COM

The next time you have guests over for Shabbat dinner, forego the decaf with Coffee Rich for something with a little more zing. With this jdeal, spend $26 for $60 worth of Heering Cherry and Coffee Liqueurs (shipping included).

Your must-have fashion accessory of the season, Heering Cherry Liqueur adds extravagance and civilization to the mix of some of the most legendary cocktails of all time, including the original Singapore Sling. The original “Cherry Brandy,” it contains only natural ingredients including Danish grown cherries and almonds for a smooth, invigorating flavor.

Coffee Heering is a rare blend of Caribbean rum, dark coffee and rich cocoa. It’s perfect for warm and cold cocktails, but you can also pour it over ice and chill. A splash of Coffee Heering transforms a standard drink into a delicious Coffee Sourz or an aromatic Coffee Latte. Both liqueurs are Kosher certified with the highest ranking, the OU certification.

Buy this jdeal and be your own mixologist. Your guests will agree: Heering Cherry and Coffee Liqueurs are the perfect recipe for great-tasting, creative cocktails.

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The Venue

Cherry Heering has been produced since 1818 and is the original ‘Cherry Brandy.’ Purveyor to H.M. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, the liqueur earned gold medals that provided it with a seal of approval stating that Cherry Heering liqueur possessed the proper style, class and breeding to socialize with Russian Tsars and English Dukes. The modern day seal of approval comes from the top US mixologists in top high-end bars and lounges who are creating cocktails with the ultimate cocktail accessory – Cherry Heering liqueur.

One of the first global brands, Cherry Heering is sold around the world and is the essential ingredient in the world-famous Singapore Sling, Blood and Sand, and Copenhagen cocktails. Today CHERRY HEERING is distributed in more than 100 markets, among these the US. As of October 2010, the US market introduced a new flavor, COFFEE HEERING Liqueur, which is equally loved around the globe.

Cherry Heering and Coffee Heering are sold on MyPerfectBottle.com, the ultimate website for wine enthusiasts to rate, buy, and share wines bringing consumers, wineries, restaurants and retailers together. MyPerfectBottle.com connects members directly to the retailers allowing a one-to-one marketing relationship and offers a patent pending matching system that connects users with their “perfect” bottle. Retailers who use MyPerfectBottle.com gain instant access to a large online community of wine enthusiasts, can easily find consumers within their geographic location, can benefit from the online inventory system, and lots more.


As part of the kick-off festivities for this year’s Ninth Annual Tales of the Cocktail, Cherry Heering presented ‘King of the Cocktail’ and founder of New Orlean’s-based Museum of American Cocktail, Dale DeGroff a vintage bottle of Cherry Heering liqueur from the year, 1890. The Xante Company/Peter F. Heering CEO, Adele Robberstadpresented the legendary industry fixture with the once in a lifetime donation to be on permanent display at the famed Museum of American Cocktail (MOAC).

A spirited hub that was started to advance the profession and increase consumer knowledge of mixology, the museums mission is to provide educational resources for professionals and the public in the fine art of crafting the cocktail. Leading visitors through the fascinating two-hundred year history of the American cocktail, MOAC was a no-brainer choice not to mention perfect platform to showcase the Cherry Heering circa 1890.

Now alongside a mind-boggling collection of rare spirits, Prohibition-era literature and music, vintage cocktail shakers, glassware, tools and gadgets is a bottle of vintage Cherry Heering. Check out this video of Degroff being presented the generous donation by Robberstad:

Heering Dedication-Tales 2011_AppleTV.m4v




On Monday, May 16th, the Lifestyle and Charity crew attended the Heering Goes Mad (Men) cocktail competition held at the Ogilvy & Mather building. This event is one of many participating in the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Festival taking place throughout New York City, Brooklyn and Queens from May 13th-17th. It was quite the Mad Men Era themed event!

The main bar mixologists served up quite the dapper inspired cocktails using the featured Xante’ Liqueur and Coffee Heering Liqueur, Cherry Heering Liqueur that included:
Betty Draper’s Breakfast – Bloody Mary
The Three Martini Lunch – Classic Martini
The Expense Account – Manhattan
The Richard “Dick” Whitman – Side Car

Each of the four finalists competing in the cocktail competition had their stations setup and served up their specialty invented cocktails using Cherry Heering or Xante liquor to be judged on. The judging panel, featuring Chef Geoffrey Zakarian from the Lambs Club, Mixologist Sasha Petraske, Laura Lane, OK! Magazine, and Dan Curtis (The Rob Report) revealed the winning cocktail “Sour Cherry Sidecar” by Mixologist Stacy Nikkila.
A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited (DIFFA) Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.
Here is a list of the mixologists and cocktails competing in the evening’s festivities:
2011 WINNER of Heering Goes Mad (Men) at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is Stacy Nikkila!
The Cocktail: Sour Cherry Sidecar
Mixologist: Stacy Nikkila
Hometown: New York City, USA
Account: The Boom Boom Room
Recipe: 1oz. Cherry Heering, 1 oz. Cognac, ½ ounce lime juice
The Cocktail: We Got the Business
Mixologist: Jamie Stephenson
Hometown: Manchester, England
Account: Corridor
Recipe: 30ml Xante’, 25ml Drambuie 15, 25ml Lemon juice, 12.5ml Monin Cardamon Syrup, 2 Dash Regans’ Orange Bitters, Half and Egg White
The Cocktail: The Affiliate
Mixologist: Charles Joy
Hometown: Chicago, USA
Establishment: The Drawing Room
Recipe: 1 oz. Cherry Heering, 1 oz. Dry Sack Medium Sherry, 1.5 oz. Plantation 8yr Rum (Jamaican), Dash Angostura Orange and Angostura Original, Orange peel oil
The Cocktail: Madhattan
Mixologist: Xavier Herit
Hometown: New York City, USA
Establishment: Daniel
Recipe: 1 oz. Cherry Heering, 2 oz. ritten house 100, ½ oz. Pinot Noir Copain 2008, 4 drops angostura, 1 drop bitter truth Jerry Thomas, 1 orange peel, 1 lemon peel, 1 brandy cherry
Order your bottle of Cherry Heering from www.1-877-spirits.com
Use promo code “DIFFA” at checkout and a portion of the proceeds will go to support Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)


….I also enjoyed a Tar & Feather made with vodka, cherry heering, ginger and black tea….


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