Finalists announced in Double Dutch competition at bar show

Double Dutch Product Range

The finalists have been announced in a competition run with Double Dutch Drinks as part of this year’s Northern Restaurant & Bar show.

Vying for the prize of a VIP visit to the Netherlands will be:

  • Hamish Smith from Neighbourhood in Leeds
  • Mycol Cavalieri from Coco Tang in Nottingham
  • Leah Jones from Mr Cooper’s in Manchester
  • Thomas O’Connor from Silversmiths Restaurant in Sheffield.

They were chosen in a blind judging session by a panel of cocktail experts including Double Dutch Drinks’ founders Joyce and Raissa de Haas.

Bartenders were challenged to create two unique drinks, a summer style and a winter style, containing any of the Double Dutch Drinks range, drawing on the drinks’ Dutch heritage.

The winner and a guest will visit Amsterdam in 2018 as the guest of Double Dutch, including free flights and visits to venues around the city to sample the brand’s signature serves.

The final of the competition will be held in the Drinks Live theatre at Northern Restaurant & Bar in Manchester on Wednesday March 21 2018 at 3.15pm.

Joyce and Raissa, who are twins, launched Double Dutch Drinks in 2015 and now have an extensive range including Cucumber & Watermelon soda water, Basil & Pomegranate soda water, Indian and Skinny tonic, Cranberry & Ginger tonic and Ginger Beer.

Northern Restaurant & Bar returns to Manchester Central on March 20 and 21, featuring 275 exhibitors providing products and services for hospitality businesses alongside 65 live food and drink demos.

NRB’s Spirit Room is the largest curated selection of spirit brands on show outside London, brought together by Dave Marsland.

As well as the Double Dutch Drinks cocktail competition, the Drinks Live theatre will feature a line-up of tutored tastings and masterclasses from some of the best names in the business.

Free trade only tickets are available now at

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