Noblesville bartender wins contest



Carolyn Connelly’s unique creation, a DeKuyper Rainbow Shot, garnered the Noblesville bartender the title of 2014 DeKuyper Cocktail Master after a contest conducted among Indiana bartenders.

“I’m so honored to be selected as the DeKuyper Cocktail Master,” Connelly said. “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.”

The challenge called on Indiana-based bartenders to create a one-of-a-kind cocktail featuring one or more products from DeKuyper’s portfolio of 70 flavors. Bartenders submited 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 – and invited consumers to vote for their favorite bartender online and through social media.

Once all the votes were tallied, DeKuyper awarded Connelly, a bartender at Mo’s Irish Pub in Noblesville, was named the winner. Her 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,” stated 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.”

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.

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The recipe

DeKuyper® Rainbow Shot

Ingredients: 1 part DeKuyper® Blue Curacao Liqueur, 1 1⁄4 parts Pinnacle® Tropical Punch Vodka 5 parts Fresh Orange Juice and 1 part Grenadine Syrup

Directions:  Pour Grenadine Syrup into mixing glass over ice. Add additional ice and layer in Fresh Orange Juice poured gently over a barspoon into the mixing glass. Gently layer in Pinnacle® Tropical Punch Vodka and add more ice. Top with DeKuyper® Blue Curacao Liqueur and pour into six shot glasses arranged in a single row.

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