Joyce and Raissa de Haas
Double Dutch founders Joyce and Raissa de Haas

Tonic and mixers brand Double Dutch have announced a deadline extension and mentors for their inaugural bartending scholarship programme.

The scholarship, open to female bartending talent, is designed to empower aspiring female bartenders and address the underrepresentation of females in the industry.

“After a delayed start due to Covid-19, we are so excited to finally bring our scholarship programme to life with the expertise of some of the most exciting names from the UK bartending scene and the wider drinks industry,” said Raissa de Haas, co-founder of Double Dutch Drinks.

“We believe we’ve put together an amazing lineup of sessions to inspire and educate our 2021 cohort and we can’t wait to get started!”

The programme is divided into three modules, successful applicants must attend three virtual sessions a month culminating in a live graduation ceremony at London Cocktail Week in October.

The first module, flavour, will focus on “creating classics, finding your own signature serve, unexpected flavour pairings and molecular gastronomy.” Module two aims to develop the professional aspects of the trade, “balancing work and wellness, how to manage a successful bar and moving from bar to brand.” The third module will teach applicants how to build a personal brand.

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The first wave of 13 mentors has been announced too, with industry figures including, Emma Murphy of Hacha Bar, Declan McGurk of Boatyard Distillery, Raffaele Di Monaco of The Berkeley and Michele Lombardi of D&D. With more mentors to be announced.

The Double Dutch bartending scholarship programme is open to women aged 21 and over, potential scholars can apply on the Double Dutch website.

Applications close on 2nd July 2021 and Double Dutch will unveil the successful candidates in mid-July. 

Prospective mentors that would like to be considered for the 2021 cohort, should email