The cordials company held a bartender challenge in Indiana this fall, asking contestants to create unique cocktails using the company’s lineup of 70 flavors. From the press release:
Deerfield, IL. (December 4, 2014) – Today, DeKuyper, the #1-selling line of domestic cordials, announces the results of its 2014 Bartender Challenge in Indiana. The challenge, which took place this fall, called on Indiana-based bartenders to create a one-of-a-kind cocktail featuring one or more products from the robust DeKuyper portfolio of 70 cordial flavors.
Throughout the month of October, DeKuyper invited bartenders to submit a video of themselves behind the bar creating their own original cocktail recipe with a pre-selected DeKuyper liqueur flavor. After reviewing all of the submissions, DeKuyper narrowed down the entries to five finalists – hailing from Carmel, Crown Point, Indianapolis, Newburgh and Noblesville, Indiana – and invited consumers to vote for their favorite bartender at dkcocktailmasters.com or via the DeKuyper Facebook page.
Once all the votes were tallied, DeKuyper awarded Carolyn Connelly of Noblesville the title of 2014 DeKuyper Cocktail Master. Carolyn’s impressive Rainbow Shot recipe wowed fans and earned her the votes needed to take home the title.
“We couldn’t be happier to announce Carolyn as our very first DeKuyper Cocktail Master,” said Brendan Lynch, Senior Director of Cordials and Rums for Beam Suntory. “We are so impressed with her creativity in developing a unique cocktail featuring DeKuyper that expressed her lively personality.”
“I’m so honored to be selected as the DeKuyper Cocktail Master!” said Connelly. “It’s great to be recognized for my hard work and creativity behind the bar. I’ve been a fan of DeKuyper for years now and love creating unique cocktails using its cordials.”
Connelly’s Rainbow Shot incorporates her own favorite cordial, DeKuyper Blue Curacao, which features the delicious flavors of orange, lemon and curacao, with Pinnacle® Tropical Punch Vodka, fresh orange juice and grenadine syrup.