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Spirit Review and Recipe: Cherry Heering

For over 200 years Peter Heering has been making its namesake cherry liqueur, and it might just be the best fruit liqueur out there. It certainly is the best cherry liqueur. Made from cherries, spices, and oak aged for five years, the secret recipe hasn’t been replicated. Our tasting panel recently sat down with some.

Deep red with browning visible in the glass. Sweet syrupy smell as you pour, backed with allspice and clove. Pops with cherries, giving way to a more reductive taste. Medium-plus body, not as sweet as you might imagine from the pour, but silky. Almond on the mid-palate. Almost port-like. Vanilla, mace, and clove on a long finish.

This is perfect for cooking, and in addition to desserts would be perfect for a reduced duck sauce.

You can use Cherry Heering in the Singapore Sling, which we have already featured here, or in the Blood and Sand, a cocktail that is famous, infamous, and full of variations that always claim to have cured the problems the fixer notes. We use Death and Company’s version below.

Charted Details

Spirit: Cherry Heering

From: Heering, Denmark

ABV: 24%

Price: $25

Rating: 98 pts

BLOOD AND SAND 1 oz Blended Scotch [Monkey Shoulder] .5 oz Cherry Heering .5 oz Sweet vermouth [Cocchi di Torino] .75 oz Fresh orange juice .5 tsp Fresh lemon juice

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