Lauren Mote & 1918 – one of Heering´s 200 years

Word by: Jenny Adams

One Drink Inspired by the Year(s) of Women

Cherry Heering honors it’s 200th year in business by asking bartenders around the world to pick a past year in the last two centuries and make a drink. For Lauren Mote, female empowerment struck a chord.

When 2018 dawns, it will mark the 200th anniversary of Peter Heering’s experiment to bring the world a perfect cherry liqueur. From humble beginnings, this brand is now so iconic, you’ll find it in nearly every bar around the world. It’s a player in some of the world’s most famous tipples too, from the Blood & Sand to the Singapore Sling.

The men and women behind the brand wanted to celebrate in style, this major milestone, and they sought bartenders around the world to bring a recipe to light that personifies one year in their incredible two centuries of history.

For Lauren Mote, that year would be 1918, and this year would have a big impact on her choice.

“I feel that in light of recent events, women’s voices are calling out, standing firm and a new era is on the horizon,” says Mote, Diageo Reserve & World Class Global Cocktailian and co-owner of Bittered Sling in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s just hard to believe it’s taken us 100 years to get to this moment, now in 2018.”

Like millions of women around the world, the year of 2018 is feeling nearly as pivotal is just one-hundred years ago, when women saw the light at the end of the tunnel in their decades-long battles for suffrage.

“Women were granted the right to vote in Canadian Federal elections in 1918,” continues Mote. “Individual provinces to follow suit at different times between 1916-1940.”

It’s a personal year for her as well, with her grandmother Rose Dolgy marking a 100th birthday in spring of 2018. “She’s one of the strongest-willed, most powerful women I will ever know, and I learn from and still continue to be inspired by her today,” she says.

Like all great pivotal moments, the right to vote for women in Canada and in America didn’t merely end with a new law scratched onto paper. African American women, aboriginal and indigenous tribes and other segregated sects would have to carry the fight forward for more years to come.

When asked to contribute a cocktail for this very emotional, important year, Mote set her sights on ingredients inspired by the great women in our industry.

“Firstly, Heering’s CEO is Adéle Robbestad, the customer services manager is Anna-Karin Olofsson, and the USA director of marketing is Michelle Chernoff,” she says. “All three women are incredible role models in our industry and have helped bust down barriers, especially at the executive level. I’m grateful to call them friends.”

Her drink also makes use of the beauty of Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Gran Reserva Rum. The base of this Guatemalan spirit is a wonderful nod to Lorena Vasquez, their master blender.

“In a world with hundreds of blenders, Lorena is only one of five females,” Mote offers. “She is amazing, powerful, incredibly inspirational and a wonderful storyteller. The former Zacapa Global Ambassador, Rebecca Quinonez, is one of my favorite people, and has helped pave the way for ladies of Latin origin in the USA beverage industry and beyond. Lynnette Marrero is the National Trainer for Zacapa USA, and quite honestly one of the greatest spirited women of our generation. Lastly, I would be crazy not to include Bittered Sling Bitters,” she says. “It represents what is possible on the Canadian and international landscape for niche food and beverage modifiers, and it’s a product and company I started back in 2008, with my now husband and business partner, Jonathan Chovancek.”

Thus, The Sisterhood was laid out based around inspiring females. It’s a shaken, strained mix of Zacapa 23-year-old, Cherry Heering, fresh lemon juice, a one-to-one ratio of homemade cinnamon syrup, and two dashes of Mote’s Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters. It’s served with a sliver of lemon peel in a coupe.

“Spending time with the Heering global finalists in the 2016 program … I was so honored to be there, creating their cocktail program for World’s 50 Best Bar Awards,” recalls Mote happily of her favorite memory with the brand. “To be front and center with Lulu Martinez, bartending for an eager crowd on the world’s stage, it felt like we were representing all the women of our generation in the beverage industry.”

For her, this project offered a moment to get back to the simple art of cocktail creation. A chance to glance back at classics, to sip and savor, to think and craft. Her drink resulted with fragrant cinnamon and floral notes, playing against what she calls a ‘star pairing,’ – the combination of Zacapa’s rich rum and tart, unforgettable cherry notes.

“I work on the global team now, as the Diageo Reserve & World Class Global Cocktailian, while my husband Jonathan runs our Bittered Sling Bitters company,” she says. “I love that I have the opportunity to travel the world, to see so many weird and wonderful places. But I always compare each visit to what we have available in Vancouver. For such a small city, we really do have a lot to offer – thoughtful programming in both food and beverage, utilizing sustainable practice in our ethos, incredible scenery, quality of life, high income, diverse world cultures and tourism, and access to local ingredients all year round. To be honest, some of the greatest cocktails and dishes I’ve had, have been right here at home. That’s a really incredible realization.”


Ingredients & Recipe:

1.50 oz Zacapa 23 YO Rum

0.50 oz Cherry Heering
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Cinnamon Syrup 1:1*
2 dashes Bittered Sling Malagasy Chocolate Bitters
Shake ingredients with ice, double strain into a cocktail glass, lemon peel garnish.

*Cinnamon Syrup 1:1, yield 1.0L
20g cinnamon sticks
600mL hot water
600g white sugar
Steep the cinnamon in the hot water for 3 hours, add the white sugar, and stir until dissolved. Allow entire mix to rest in the fridge for 24 hours. Strain out the sticks, filter, and place in dated, clean containers or bottles up to 7 days in the cooler.






August — 2016 (London, England) In classic fashion, Peter F. Heering® announces the 10 global semifinalists of the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge. The CHERRY HEERING® 10 global bar star semifinalists will appear in London, England as the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge embarks on the final rounds of competition leading into the grand finale of the 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge, all taking place during the famed London Cocktail Week (October 4th – 6th 2016).


 “The 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge culminating in London against the backdrop of London Cocktail Week and the announcement of the World’s Top 50 Bars simply elevates and puts an incredibly bright spotlight on all of the creative efforts and talents of these elite bar men and women”, said Adéle Robberstad, CEO Peter F. HeeringThey have earned this stage and this recognition, they are Cherry Heering.”

♣     AUSTRALIA I Pita Dixon I Joe Taylor, Melbourne I The Right Way

♣     CANADA I Andrew Schneider I Vij´s Restaurant, Vancouver I Mount Pleasant

 ♣     GREECE I Akis Kalogritsas I Cadillac Records Cocktail Bar, Karditsa I Rubik´s Cube

 ♣     HONG KONG I Lui Hiu Na I The American Club, Hong Kong I “Dancing Queen”

 ♣     LUXEMBOURG I Dawid Guzik I Octan´s Spirited Bar, Luxembourg I Secret Clover”  

♣     NEW ZEALAND I Laura Walker I Hawthorn Lounge, Wellington I Blood From A Stone

♣     SINGAPORE I Adriel Ang I Sarnies, Singapore I Cherry-Let

♣     SWEDEN I Carl Wiman I YUC Mexican, Stockholm I Heering is Keering

♣     UNITED KINGDOM I Grant Murray I Scotch and Rye, Inverness I Brace Position

♣     UNITED STATES OF AMERICA I Michael Riojas I Armadillo Palace, Houston I Cherry Bomb”

The 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge top 10 semi-finalists will be flown out to London and compete live, shaking up their inspired modern classic cocktail with CHERRY HEERING®. The semi-finalists will present in person their CHERRY HEERING® cocktail contribution to an international jury who will choose five finalists from the ten.

The CHERRY HEERING® inspired finale will take place October 6th at Joyeux Bordel London where the five finalists will personally present their CHERRY HEERING® modern classic cocktails and philosophy behind. The 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge winner receives €500, a Stelton Shaker and global media exposure

Apart from the honor and media attention, all ten 2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge semi-finalists will receive airfare and four hotel nights in vibrant London, and they will all be part of the Global Heering Legend program filmed by bar legend Simon Difford – The Heering Legends on Diffords Guide.

2016 Peter F. Heering® Classic Challenge – Global Jury

♣     Simon Difford – Simon Difford is one of the worlds most renowned and respected drinks experts. Simon writes and publishes the Difford’s Guide range of drinks related books, the best known being ‘Difford’s Guide – Cocktails’ with 3,000 color-illustrated recipes.  He is also the creator of London Cocktail Week, the UK’s biggest cocktail festival.

♣     David WondrichEsquire Magazine’s drinks correspondent, James 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, Din’s experience behind the bar has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding in our time. Din is one of the academy members of The World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars

♣     Hamish Smith – A multi-award winning drinks journalist at Drinks International Magazine, where he is deputy editor, and CLASS, where he is editor. As part of his role at Drinks International he is the co-ordinator of the The World’s 50 Best Bars poll and editor of the brand’s series of magazines. 

♣     Lauren Mote – Co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, a wildly successful line of high quality small batch cocktail and culinary bitters and Beverage Consultant at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, BC Canada

♣     Charlene Dawes – Managing Director and Owner of Tastings Group Limited, overseeing six specialty bars & restaurants in the Central district, Hong Kong. One of them “Quinary” was named one of the “World’s 50 Best Bars from 2013 to 2016 by Drinks International Magazine.



HEERING liqueur is sold in more than 100 countries all over the world.

CHERRY HEERING® is an intricate and indispensable component of iconic cocktails such as The Singapore Sling and Blood & Sand, which is exactly how CHERRY HEERING® likes to be seen; as an accessory that adds lavishness, extravagance and civilization to the mix.

CHERRY HEERING® continues to evolve and recognize that even the timeless classics need a refreshing remake now and then, thus CHERRY HEERING® has challenged the best of the best behind the world’s bars to create their own modern classic interpretation of The Singapore Sling and also possibly writing their name in the history of cocktails.

THE PETER F. HEERING CLASSIC CHALLENGE® is an annual global bartender competition that asks bartenders from around the globe to pick a modern classic cocktail and modernize it with a twist and shake that best defines their talent, taste, personality and what most inspires them about using CHERRY HEERING® in a modern classic cocktail revision.

HEERING® COFFEE liqueur is made from a recipe using only natural ingredients and with no additives or artificial coloring. The base is a smooth blend of Caribbean rum, coffee and cacao. COFFEE HEERING® and CHERRY HEERING® are both OU certified.

COFFEE HEERING® was announced as the Liqueur of the Year at the Annual Bar Biz Spirits Competition by the Editorial and Publishing Staff of the Bar Business Magazine.

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