DeKuyper, the best-selling line of cordials and liqueurs in the U.S., announces a partnership with the Flair Bartenders' Association, where the liqueur brand will be the used in competitions across the country. With more than 11,000 members, the Flair Bartenders' Association offers bartenders the opportunity to work with DeKuyper in five competitions throughout 2008.

In four of the five competitions, bartenders from around the world will compete against each other and be judged based on their creative ability to juggle ingredients, speed of mixing cocktails and accuracy in pouring cocktails. For the fifth competition, DeKuyper will be the lead sponsor in the famous Blue Blazer Challenge, which will be known as the DeKuyper Blue Blazer Challenge in 2008. In the DeKuyper Blue Blazer Challenge, bartenders will create their own signature drinks and be judged on flair and mixology. With nearly 60 diverse flavors in the DeKuyper portfolio, bartenders will be able to create and mix fun, flavorful cocktails.

"We are excited to work with the Flair Bartenders' Association, one of the most respected organizations in the field of mixology," stated Brian Stockard, associate brand manager, DeKuyper. "As the best-selling line of liqueurs and cordials, DeKuyper is the brand bartenders trust to add fun, flavor, color and now flair to their cocktails. We believe that our partnership with the Flair Bartenders Association will benefit participating bartenders by offering them a diverse portfolio of flavors. This is also an exciting opportunity for us to introduce the new five families within the DeKuyper portfolio to those on the front lines of cocktail making."

DeKuyper recently announced a strategic restructuring of its diverse portfolio which consists of nearly 60 flavors. In an effort to simplify the category and consumer shopping experience, the DeKuyper collection will now be organized into five distinct families based on usage. The new families are DeKuyper Luscious, DeKuyper Burst, DeKuyper Pucker, DeKuyper Signature and DeKuyper Brandy. Once a bartender learns how to use one flavor within a family, that knowledge will be transferred to all the flavors that exist within that specific family. Through the Flair Bartenders' Association, bartenders will experience the five families first-hand in competitions.

The Flair Bartenders' Association was created in 1998 to teach the art of flair, grow the sport of freestyle or extreme bartending and support all styles of performance bartending in a safe and fun manner. The Flair Bartenders' Association currently endorses some of the largest bartending competitions in the world.

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About DeKuyper Cordials & Liqueurs


DeKuyper is the #1-selling line of domestic cordials featuring nearly 60 mixable and versatile flavors of cordials, liqueurs, cremes, 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 Luscious 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.

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