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 Wondrich, CHERRY HEERING® – 2016 WINNER ANNOUNCED 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, 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.

WINNING RECIPE GRANT MURRAY, INVERNESS, UNITED KINGDOM ”BRACE POSITION” 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

 PITA DIXON, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA ”THE RIGHT WAY” 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)

ANDREW SCHNEIDER, VANCOUVER, CANADA ”MOUNT PLEASANT” 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.

DAWID GUZIK, LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG ”SECRET CLOVER” 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. Crush raspberries and add all ingredients. Dry shaken, shake with ice. Double strain  into a cocktail glass. Garnish marzipan flavored with cherry and honey.

LAURA WALKER, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND ”BLOOD FROM A STONE” 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.


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heCommunist – Nearly Forgotten by Time
During my time in school, I wrote a ton of papers about all manner of topics. Some of the hardest to write were those where the topic was interesting, but there was very little source material to go from. However, in some cases, those were the most rewarding as well, where as other times I just winged it and hoped for the best. The Communist reminds me of the former.

In looking through my books the recipe I started with from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails is the only recipe I ended up finding in my entire cocktail bookshelf. That gave me free rein to experiment as I saw fit. But first, let’s quickly discuss the original recipe so we’re on the same page.
Communist (Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)
1 oz Gin
1 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Cherry Brandy
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
This recipe produced a drink that was a bit overly sour for me. After some additional experimentation I decided this was a result of particularly sour lemons, but it’s something interesting to note none the less. As with any natural ingredient you’re going to get some variation in your citrus acidity. That said, I encourage all of you to see every cocktail recipe as a guide rather than set in stone; change as you see fit. The other main thing that was off in this cocktail for me was its size. While it’s true that classic cocktails tend to be much smaller than today’s drinks, this one is particularly tiny. So, on to my preferred recipe.
Communist (Cocktail Hacker)
1 1/2 oz Gin
1 1/4 oz Orange Juice
3/4 oz Cherry Brandy
1 oz Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
First, and easiest to see, I bumped the overall size of the drink up to ~5 oz. Second, I didn’t bump the lemon juice as much as other ingredients. If your lemons are super sour you might even want to drop back to 3/4 oz. Finally, I added some orange bitters to the mix. These serve to really increase the depth and complexity of the cocktail while adding a slight bitter component.
When mixing this drink I’d definitely suggest going with a bold, juniper forward gin. With the strong citrus notes you need a bold gin; I used Tanqueray to good success. The flavor of the drink is, not surprising, rooted in citrus. Next you get the gin and finally the flavor of the cherry brandy rounds everything out. Per Dr. Cocktail’s suggestion, I used Cherry Heering for this drink and found it to be perfect. Anything drier wouldn’t add enough sweetness to the drink. So, if you’d like to try a cherry eau de vie in this make sure you also add about 1/4-1/2 oz of simple syrup to balance things out.
I will definitely be making this drink again and have added it to my mental list of drinks to suggest to people who swear they hate gin. The strong citrus flavors subdue even strong juniper gins and allow the flavors to be introduced gently. Very tasty and I’m quite glad it wasn’t completely lost to the sands of time.

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