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De Kuyper Blue Curaçao Cocktail Challenge

Blue Curaçao's blue hue resembles the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, so De Kuyper is challenging bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts (prizes for both categories) to create summery cocktails with a nautical or beach theme.

They're looking for the best new cocktails that harness the colour and orange flavour of De Kuyper Blue Curaçao, a genuinely Dutch liqueur named after its hue and the zesty oils of orange and lemon peels that come from the Dutch island of Curaçao.

As an incentive to drive your creativity, our friends at De Kuyper are offering 'cash' prizes for the best original cocktail recipes created by professional bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts resident in Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, UK.

Your challenge is to create a delicious De Kuyper Blue Curaçao Liqueur cocktail that others will want to make in homes and bars worldwide; hence your cocktail should also be easy to replicate, made using easily available ingredients without the need to pre-combine ingredients. I have produced an extensive list of commonplace ingredients and along with any of these, your cocktail must include at least 15ml (½oz) De Kuyper Blue Curaçao Liqueur.

Cocktails based on less than seven ingredients are preferred (fruit juices, syrups, drops or dashes are counted as ingredients, but not solid garnishes or an additional spray of citrus fruit zest over the drink if specified as a garnish).

Entries will only be considered where a photograph of the finished cocktail has been uploaded to accompany the recipe. These photographs may be taken with your phone, and you may want also to include a bottle of De Kuyper Blue Curaçao Liqueur behind your cocktail (although not a requirement of entry).

When naming your cocktail, please avoid rude, lurid, or sexual words or names that may offend.

For some cocktail inspiration take a look at these recipes with De Kuyper Blue Curaçao Liqueur.

Prizes

As well as 'cash' prizes for the two winning cocktails and runners-up, I'll send signed copies of my book to all the winners:

2 bartender winners

  • Best bartender cocktail wins €1,000 euros
  • 1 runner-up will win €500 euros

2 home cocktail enthusiast winners

  • Best enthusiast's cocktail wins €1,000 euros
  • 1 runner-up will win €500 euros

All four winners will receive a personalised De Kuyper Blue Curaçao bottle.

Enter

Please complete the short form on the ENTER page. If you are already a Difford's Guide member and logged in, then we have your name and email. If you are new to Difford's Guide, then you'll be asked for this additional information to become a member and upload your cocktail recipe.

Key Dates

Competition opens – Monday 3rd June 2024
Competition closes – Sunday 30th June 2024 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time
Winners announced – Friday 19th July 2024

Judging criteria

The most delicious yet easy-to-replicate recipes will receive the highest scores. As a cocktail's name greatly influences its popularity, the name of each cocktail will also greatly impact the score. Points will be awarded as follows:
Taste = 40%
Name = 20%
Ease to replicate = 20%
Photograph = 20%

Judges

Max de Smit (Global Brand Ambassador), Arno van Eijmeren (founder of Barrelproof Company), and Hanneke de Bruijn (De Kuyper Brand Manager).

Participating countries

The competition is open to Discerning Drinkers living in these countries:
Australia, China, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, UK.

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