From the heart

Part of the reason DeKuyper® cordials are so good is that we’ve been making them as a labor of love for over 300 years. In fact, the word cordial derives from the Medieval Latin cordiālis, meaning of or for the heart.


Cordials are amongst the oldest spirits in the world. They're a key ingredient in many of the most popular shots and cocktails. The terms “cordial” and “liqueur” are often used interchangeably and both refer to the same type of product.

Cordials and liqueurs are defined as products obtained by mixing or redistilling distilled spirits with or over fruits, plants, or pure juices, or other natural flavoring materials, or with extracts derived from infusions, percolation, or maceration of such materials, and containing sugar not less than 2.5 percent by weight of the finished product. This standard varies by country based on cultural traditions.


Evidence of early liqueurs predates the first millennium, but it wasn’t until 1510 that Benedictine monks created the first cordial. In the 1600s, the Dutch began commercializing cordial production and in 1695, a Dutchman named Petrus DeKuyper founded the family company that defines the American cordial market today.

The invention of the column still in the early 19th century enabled the production of a nearly neutral spirit, the base of most modern cordials and liqueurs. In 1933 DeKuyper® entered the US market and quickly rose to become the leader. Now, with 11th generation patriarch Bob DeKuyper at the head, our brand offers a wide variety of taste combinations and “one pour” solutions for professionals and home bartenders around the globe.


Popular shots ButterShots® and Hot Damn!®, luscious fruit flavors Peachtree®, Amaretto, Blue Curacao and Razzmatazz® are bartender favorites. These taste sensations provide the flavoring for celebrated drinks, including the Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Long Island Ice Tea, Fuzzy Naval, Buttery Nipple and Sex on the Beach.

Adding to the line, is DeKuyper® PUCKER®, our original sweet and sour family of mixers that includes Sour Apple, Watermelon and Berry Fusion.

For chocolate lovers, we offer John DeKuyper & Sons™ Crave Chocolate Liqueurs in Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Mint and Chocolate Chili flavors. And for an intense adventure in flavor, consider our Mixologist Collection featuring the bold tastes of muddled mint, ginger and blood orange.

Intense flavors. Intense fun!


We use only all-natural ingredients in the manufacture of our 70 DeKuyper® cordial flavors. Flavoring ingredients include the skins, seeds, roots, flowers, leaves, and pulp of various fruits and vegetables, as well as natural extracts and concentrates. Most of the dazzling colors for which we are so well known do not come out of processing but rather from vegetable ingredients or other natural food colorings.


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