Held at Diffords HQ in London yesterday the five global finalists in the Peter F. Heering Sling Awards 2014 have been announced.

Big high-fives to following:

Taoufike Zrafi from Canada. Cocktail: The Bittered Sling
Nick Kobbernagel Hovind from Denmark. Cocktail: The Sloe Sling
Sigrid Sarv from Estonia. Cocktail: O’Polo Sling 
Aron Christian Lobrino Manzanillo from Singapore. Cocktail: Fables of the East
Jon Kraus from USA. Cocktail: Pepito’s Slingshot

Judged by a tip-top panel headed up by Simon Difford and including Simon Webster from Barlife UK and Luca Cordiglieri from China Tang it proved a difficult day’s work whittling the 17 semi-finalists down to five.

“The definition of what a Sling actually is was stretched to the breaking point by some competitors in their quest to stand out while others stuck to a recognizable riff on a Singapore Sling with unexpected flavors such as tea, celery and rhubarb,” said Difford. “Sampling these very individual 17 drinks made for a most interesting day with Cherry Heering which rightfully shined through in the best entries”.

Taoufike, Nick, Sigrid, Aron and Jon will travel to Berlin for the Peter F. Heering final on 7th and 8th October during Berlin Bar Convent.

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