'Rainbow Shot' is a DeKuyper win for local bartender

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 in October.

First … the recipe.

DeKuyper® Rainbow Shot

Created by Carolyn Connelly, 2014 DeKuyper Cocktail Master


·  1 part DeKuyper® Blue Curacao Liqueur

·  1 1⁄4 parts Pinnacle® Tropical Punch Vodka 5 parts Fresh Orange Juice

·  1 part Grenadine Syrup


·  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.

·  Then 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.

 DeKuyper, the top-selling line of domestic cordials, announced the results of its 2014 Bartender Challenge in Indiana this week. 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 — a bartender at Mo's Irish Pub in 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. 

To learn more about the DeKuyper Bartender Challenge, please visit dkcocktailmasters.com. For recipes and more information on the DeKuyper Cordials and Liqueurs, visit www.dekuyperusa.com

About DeKuyper® Cordials & Liqueurs

DeKuyper® is the #1-selling line of domestic cordials featuring nearly 60 mixable and versatile flavors of cordials, liqueurs, crèmes, brandies and schnapps. Some DeKuyper® flavors have inspired the creation of cocktails and are now synonymous with those drinks. For example, in the mid-80s DeKuyper® Peachtree® Schnapps inspired the creation of the Fuzzy Navel, and in the mid-90s DeKuyper® Pucker® Sour Apple Schnapps inspired the creation of the Appletini. DeKuyper® was founded in Holland in 1695 by Johannes DeKuyper & Son and has been the brand to turn to for fresh and original liqueurs for more than 300 years.

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World.  Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.  The company generates annual worldwide sales exceeding $4 billion excluding excise taxes. 


Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture.  Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan.  For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.