Double Dutch offers a unique range of tonic waters and mixers that revolutionize the world of beverages. With seven different products – Cucumber & Watermelon, Pomegranate & Basil, Cranberry Tonic, Indian Tonic, Skinny Tonic, Ginger Beer and Soda Water –, each bottle of Double Dutch is made entirely in the UK using flavour pairing techniques in order to create amazing drinks with no artificial flavouring, colouring or preservatives, which are also low in calories. We only use natural ingredients, blending them with the highest quality spring water from the North of England to create crisp, fresh and innovative mixers for refined palettes.
Double Dutch is the result of a love affair to unite great spirits with complementary mixers that enliven and enhance. Richard Branson has supported the Double Dutch vision by giving us a Foodpreneur award for this innovative Food and Beverage brand.
Great cooks and food creators have long had an intuitive sense of which flavours work together – now their art is underpinned by data. Food pairing (aka molecular gastronomy) is an increasingly utilised science that explores which foods have similar flavour balances to reward the palate. This is the philosophy behind Double Dutch – drawing on scientific research, sourcing the finest ingredients and combining art with craft to create soft drinks that intensify the flavour of spirits and delight the tastebuds when drunk alone.
From the world’s best mixologists through to those who prefer their G&T on the sofa at home, we’ve created revolutionary mixers to intensify enjoyment of spirits, or to be drunk solo. Double Dutch is much more than double the taste sensation, it’s a whole new world of soft drinks.
Raissa and Joyce – We were raised in the Netherlands so we have a natural affinity with superlative drinks and excellent blendings. After all, we come from the birthplace of gin!
But our romance turned to frustration. While the world’s choice of spirits has continued to grow, mixers and sodas have remained bland … less of a twin, more of a shadow. They shared their frustrations that whilst the quality and choice of spirits keeps improving, the market for accompanying sodas remains as bland, generic and mediocre as ever. Because there is more to a mixer drink than tonic, we decided to take it upon ourselves to create the necessary change. After a year of extensive market research, we started conducting own experiments where we became inspired by the concept of food pairing. This methodology not only guarantees Double Dutch truly soothes your spirit, but it also opens a whole new world of possible drinks!
Double Dutch is a result of our dissertation project whilst doing our Second Master in Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL and us winning the UCL Bright Ideas Award 2014…and loving a really good drink!
Pomegranate & Basil
Often considered to be a superfood, pomegranate has a complex flavour profile that straddles sweet and tart but also offers a tannin note that brings body and structure to cocktails. Basil, in the anise family, has always been renowned for lifting acidic flavours such as tomatoes and in a soft drink its peppery top note is a superb counterbalance to pomegranate, delivering a complex, exotic mid-taste that supports rather than overwhelming a mixed drink.
Indian Tonic Water
Tonic water, the classic pairing for gin, has a love/hate reputation. Our aim was to create a tonic water that rewarded the palate rather than shocking it, so we began by brightening the top of the quinine flavour with pink grapefruit and then we deepened the lower notes with a subtle hint of juniper berry to round out the angularity of quinine and lengthen the finish of the tonic, reducing the bitter after-taste to which many people object.
Cucumber & Watermelon
While watermelon and cucumber are both part of the Cucurbitaceae plant family, watermelon’s natural sugars bring warmth and shine to the traditionally fresh savour of cucumber. While cucumber has a traditional affinity for gin and lighter summer fizzes the additional depth offered by watermelon allows our Cucumber & Watermelon mixer to stand alone or support light rums and other base spirits that require a little warmth to come to life.
Slimline Indian Tonic Water
Just like our Indian tonic water, our slimline tonic is the ideal soft drink for those watching their weight – with 60% fewer calories than the classic variety, this zesty and rewarding low calorie soda is satisfying enough to drink alone but also rounds out the flavour of white spirits like gin and vodka superbly. With pink grapefruit bringing piquancy to the first taste and juniper berry balancing quinine’s crispness with a rounded aftertaste there’s nothing skinny about this slimline mixer.
Cranberry Tonic Water
There’s nothing aggressive about our Cranberry Tonic with Ginger, instead it’s a seductive mixer designed to pair the astringency of quinine with the perfectly balanced sweet’n’sour of cranberry, both warmly followed by ginger’s complex spiciness lingering lovingly on the palate. Blending a light summery aroma with a warm earthy finish, this new flavour was created in collaboration with Maison Hennessy Cognac to be the soul mate for all dark spirits!