Heering is a dark red, Danish cherry liqueur with an almond flavour.
It is made from dark red sour cherries called “Stevns”, as well as their pits. The pits give the almond flavour.
The cherries are crushed, blended with sugar and spices and mixed into alcohol distilled from grapes.
The liqueur is then aged for 3 years in oak barrels.
The recipe is secret.
Heering Cherry Liqueur can be poured over ice cream, drunk straight up or used as an ingredient in cocktails.
The recipe for Heering Cherry Liqueur was created by Peter Frederik Heering, a grocer in Copenhagen sometime just before or after the turn of the 1800s. He started making it in a cellar. He set up his company to sell it on 1 December 1818.
As sales grew, he moved production outside Copenhagen to Christianshavn.
In 1944, the company bought its own cherry orchard in southern Denmark, in a town called Dalby, and production was moved there. It is still made in Dalby (as of 2007.)
Heering Cherry Liqueur hit the popular cocktail circuit awareness in 1915 when the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented, and called for it.