Cherry Heering home cocktails

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The winners of our Cherry Heering home cocktail competition are announced!

Yesterday, with Arno van Eijmeren's help from Cherry Heering and joining us on Zoom from Rotterdam, we judged what I hope will be the first of many cocktail competitions exclusively for those with a Cocktail Builder account. In this case only those with cherry brandy included in their "Your Ingredients" were invited. There were nearly 100 entries and a host of very tasty cocktails, the tastiest of which are featured below.

We were looking for just three winners to each receive a Calabrese Cocktail Set but choosing a top five, let along a top three proved so challenging that we ended up with four worthy winners.

Here they are, in cocktail alphabetical order...click on the blue links to view the full recipe. A big thank you to all who entered, and our sponsor Cherry Heering.

Ang's Cherry Bakewell by Angela Pearce
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, vanilla vodka, amaretto, cream and Licor 43.
We say: Tastes just like the name suggests; a Cherry Bakewell. It's richly indulgent, sweet and a tasty dessert cocktail.

Cherry Tradewinds Negroni by Thomas French
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, Antica Formula, triple sec, Angostura bitters
We say: Surprisingly, this riff on a Tradewinds Negroni, with a whopping 1/3 oz of bitters, works well with orange and cherry notes shining through.

Heering Aide by Nick Bowman
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, prosecco sparkling wine.
We say: Brings out vanilla notes in either the cherry brandy, bourbon or both. Great name, and a really tasty easy to make cocktail.

Naked & Cherry by Mark Werrell
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, mezcal, Aperol, lime juice.
We say: Bittersweet and lightly smoky, this cherry flavoured aperitivo is niche rather than mass-market, but for those of us in that niche - yum.

And, a special mention and thanks to our shortlisted entries below.

Aviation Sunset by Simon Kitchen
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, London dry gin, lemon juice.

Brooklyn Bridge by Andy Parnell-Hopkinson
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, bourbon, sweet vermouth, Licor 43.

Cerezarita by Charl Engela
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, reposado tequila, mezcal, lime juice.

CheGroni by Thomas Gaborit
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, London dry gin, Aperol, sweet vermouth.

Cherry Bakewell by Jon Roberts
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, vodka, amaretto, lemon juice, lemon bitters.

Cherry Bourbon Sour by Savy Daniel
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, bourbon, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, sugar syrup and aquafaba

Cherry Commodore by Emmanuel McLaughlin
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, bourbon, white créme de cacao, lemon juice.

Cherry Sage Mojito by Ashley Nathan
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, rum, sage leaves, lime juice, soda.

Cherryshed by the Captain by Lasse Rino
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, dark rum, pot still Jamaican rum, lemon juice, pineapple juice, orange juice, orgeat, Angostura bitters.

Flailed Coffee Cherry by Luis Geraldo Cardoso dos Santos
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, bourbon, spiced rum, espresso coffee.

Flirt with the Devil by Andrew Robbie
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, bourbon, apricot brandy, tawny port, hot pepper sauce, maraschino cherry.

Grapefruit Slaiquiri by Nic Gareiss
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, pineapple rum, white rum, pink grapefruit juice, grenadine, Angostura bitters.

Gudfar by Ma Sa
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, rye whiskey, chocolate bitters, Amargo Chuncho bitters

Macky Black Manhattan by Joshua Brown
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, straight rye whiskey, Averna, orange bitters.

Mai Cherie by Florance Tebbutt
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, 3-5yo Caribbean blended rum, lime juice, Orgeat.

McGarry by Jason Clapham
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, cognac, fino sherry, chocolate bitters.

Mijn Cherry Amour by Mahesh Darji
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, London dry gin, lemon juice, orange juice, sugar syrup, orange bitters

Pear Heer by Shirley Alexander
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, London dry gin, pear liqueur, tarragon simple syrup, lemon juice.

Remember Venice by Paolo Minzioni
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, Cynar, bourbon, coffee bitters.

Sour Cherry by Hannah Ashe
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, London dry gin, lemon juice, triple sec, orange bitters, egg white.

Two Bites At The Cherry by Lee Clarke
With: Cherry brandy liqueur, cognac, kirsch liqueur, lemon juice, vanilla sugar syrup.

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