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.

 

NICK KOBBERNAGEL HOVIND VINDER ÅRETS ”SLING” on smag-behag.dk

Nick Kobbernagel Hovind, bartender og barchef på Ruby har vundet Peter F. Heering Sling Award, med sin kreation Sloe Sling.

44 slings fra hele verden deltog i den internationale konkurrence, heraf blev udvalgt 5 finalister .

Nick Har oploadet en film, hvor han viser hvordan han laver sin vinder-creation, som bl.a består af Heering kirsebær likør, slåen gin og taffelakvavit. Tjek videoen ud, og så er det bare at gøre ham nummeret efter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OjfaYvDICk&list=UUTJ_cac4N_pZIFgB704_EqQ

Finalisterne var:

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

International jury
– og juryen som skulle bedømme de 5 internatione finalister bestod af :

David Wondrich, Cocktail Historian
David Rosengarten, Forbes Magazine
Heinfried Tacke, Drinks Magazine
Réne Riis, Four MagazineNikolaj Brøndsted, Good Spirits, Mash Group & Umami
Fredrik Tilander, Owner, Peter F .Heering

Sling Jury Named on BarBizmag.com

The global finals jury for the 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award has been announced. Global jury members range from an iconic cocktail historian to a James Beard Award winning Author. This notable group will gather at the Bar Convent in Berlin, Germany (Oct 7th- 8th, 2014) for the Global Finals to oversee and judge at a tasting bash, which will take place at the cool and regal Ritz Carlton (Berlin) at their famed Fragrance Bar. The Sling inspired soiree will be MC’d by Philip Duff, one of the cocktail world’s best-loved presenters and cocktail experts.

“Having traveled the world tasting the best of the best in food and wine, I look forward enormously to sampling brilliant cocktails in Berlin from the iconic Cherry Heering brand—and judging the international mixologists who made them,” said James Beard Award winning Author, David Rosengarten. “I have always been one for adventure…and being able to taste what some of the best bartenders in the world have done with the Singapore Sling is as exciting to me as any gastronomic adventure!”

2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award | Global Finals Jury Members

David Wondrich, Cocktail Historian

David Rosengarten, Forbes Magazine

Heinfried Tacke, Drinks Magazine

Réne Riis, Four Magazine

Nikolaj Brøndsted, Good Spirits, Mash Group & Umami

Fredrik Tilander, Owner, Peter F .Heering

*Peoples Vote | Attendees of the Bar Convent Berlin show will have the unique opportunity to taste the 5 Global Finalist 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award Singapore Sling inspired cocktails and VOTE for their favorite cocktail.
The Top 5 Global Finalists for the 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award

Canada: Taoufike Zrafi, The Bittered Sling

Denmark: Nick Kobbernagel Hovind, The Sloe Sling

Estonia: Sigrid Sarv, O’ Polo Sling

Singapore: Aron Christian Lobrino Manzanillo, Fables of the East

USA: Jon Kraus, Pepito’s Slingshot
The David Wondrich | Original Singapore Sling Recipe

• 1 part CHERRY HEERING

• 1 part London Dry Gin

• 1 part Bénédictine

• 1 part Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice

* Fill with soda water, stir briefly and dash with Angostura bitters, then combine in a tall, ice-filled glass

The 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award, which has grown from 27 participating countries last year to now 44 participating Sling inspired countries, has elevated the competition to one of the world’s greatest and largest cocktail competitions.

Peter F. Heering has always been fashionable – a history of 200 years as one of the first global brands (EVER) and a fashion accessory since 1818, while being a part of iconic cocktails such as the Singapore Sling and the Blood & Sand. Peter F Heering is today present in over 100 markets.

The Singapore Sling is one of Cherry Heering’s primary unique selling points – The Sling should be on the drink list in any decent bar.

Peter F. Heering also 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 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, www.facebook.com/heeringliqueur

 

PRESSRELEASE: THE PETER F HEERING SLING AWARD GLOBAL FINALS JURY ANNOUNCED

 

 

 

 

     THE PETER F. HEERING® SLING AWARD GLOBAL FINALS JURY ANNOUNCED

                                                     

     THE 2014 PETER F. HEERING® SLING AWARD CULMINATES IN BERLIN, GERMANY OCT 7th

October – 2014 (Stockholm, Sweden)The global finals jury for the 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award has been announced. Global jury members range from an iconic cocktail historian to a James Beard Award winning Author. This notable group will gather at the Bar Convent in Berlin, Germany (Oct 7th– 8th, 2014) for the Global Finals to oversee and judge at a tasting bash, which will take place at the cool and regal Ritz Carlton (Berlin) at their famed Fragrance Bar. The Sling inspired soiree will be MC’d by Philip Duff, one of the cocktail world’s best-loved presenters and cocktail experts.

“Having traveled the world tasting the best of the best in food and wine, I look forward enormously to sampling brilliant cocktails in Berlin from the iconic Cherry Heering brand—and judging the international mixologists who made them,” said James Beard Award winning Author, David Rosengarten. “I have always been one for adventure…and being able to taste what some of the best bartenders in the world have done with the Singapore Sling is as exciting to me as any gastronomic adventure!”

 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award | Global Finals Jury Members

  • David Wondrich, Cocktail Historian
  • David Rosengarten, Forbes Magazine
  • Heinfried Tacke, Drinks Magazine
  • Réne Riis, Four Magazine
  • Nikolaj Brøndsted, Good Spirits, Mash Group & Umami
  • Fredrik Tilander, Owner, Peter F .Heering

*Peoples Vote | Attendees of the Bar Convent Berlin show will have the unique opportunity to taste the 5 Global Finalist 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award Singapore Sling inspired cocktails and VOTE for their favorite cocktail.

 

The Top 5 Global Finalists for the 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award

Country   Finalist             Sling Cocktail

Canada                       Taoufike Zrafi |The Bittered Sling

Denmark Nick Kobbernagel Hovind |The Sloe Sling

Estonia   Sigrid Sarv |O’ Polo Sling

Singapore Aron Christian Lobrino Manzanillo |Fables of the East

USA         Jon Kraus |Pepito’s Slingshot

 

The David Wondrich | Original Singapore Sling Recipe

  • 1 part CHERRY HEERING
  • 1 part London Dry Gin
  • 1 part Bénédictine
  • 1 part Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice

* Fill with soda water, stir briefly and dash with Angostura bitters, then combine in a tall, ice-filled glass

The 2014 Peter F. Heering Sling Award, which has grown from 27 participating countries last year to now 44 participating Sling inspired countries, has elevated the competition to one of the world’s greatest and largest cocktail competitions.

Peter F. Heering has always been fashionable – a history of 200 years as one of the first global brands (EVER) and a fashion accessory since 1818, while being a part of iconic cocktails such as the Singapore Sling and the Blood & Sand. Peter F Heering is today present in over 100 markets.

The Singapore Sling is one of Cherry Heering’s primary unique selling points – The Sling should be on the drink list in any decent bar.

Peter F. Heering also 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 liqueur is sold in more than 100 countries all over the world and isthe 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 www.facebook.com/heeringliqueur cherryheering Heering

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