Hey Up-and-Coming Bartenders! Apply to Become a Cocktail Apprentice Red Coat at Tales of the Cocktail

Posted on: Jan. 06, 2023 | | By: TOTC Staff

The application period for up-and-coming bartenders to apply for the TOTCF Cocktail Apprentice Program is now open from January 4 – February 5, 2023.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2023 Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) Red Coat application period from January 4-February 5, 2023. As an exclusive mentorship program designed for up-and-coming bartenders, TOTCF will welcome 40 new Apprentices to join the 2023 CAP Red Coat class to learn alongside some of the industry’s biggest names during this year’s Tales of the Cocktail conference, which is taking place in New Orleans from July 23-28, 2022.  

Founded in 2008, the TOTCF Cocktail Apprentice Program has hosted more than 475 Apprentices who have gained valuable experience working and managing large-scale, high-volume events during the annual TOTC conference. As a CAP Red Coat, the first year in the program includes working with a CAP Grey Coat mentor to prep and execute cocktails and tastings presented during seminars as well as Foundation hosted events, including the Spirited Awards ceremony, and other headlining events taking place at TOTC’s 2023 host venue, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

In order to qualify as a Red Coat, applicants must be:

  • industry professionals (bartenders, bar managers, barbacks, brand ambassadors, educators, distillers, and more)
  • at least 21 years old
  • live anywhere in the world and have a valid VISA

Accepted applicants into the program are responsible for their own flights to and from New Orleans, and TOTCF will provide lodging accommodations, meals, and access to events and ancillary networking opportunities. 

Interested applicants are invited to learn more about the program and fill out the CAP Red Coat application via the TOTCF website. The 2023 CAP Red Coat class will be announced in May 2023. 

For more information about Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, visit the TOTCF website

Testimonials from CAP Alums:

Leishla Maldonado

Head Bartender of Loma, Providence, RI

2018 Red Coat

“I am deeply honored and excited to accept the BAR 5-Day scholarship. This opportunity means the world to me, as it supports my passion for hospitality, my dedication to elevating Latin American culture, and my commitment to fostering inclusivity within the hospitality industry. It’s not just a scholarship, it’s a platform to bridge cultures, inspire others, and transform the way we experience spirits and cocktails. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation for believing in my vision and giving me the chance to bring it to life.”

Kai Lucas

Head Instructor of European Bartender School, Brooklyn, NY

2023 Red Coat

“I am so happy to have become a member of this amazing CAP family and to be able to have all the new opportunities to grow and improve. Being the recipient of this scholarship has left me speechless and I am beyond excited to learn at the Bar 5-Day from some of the best to ever do it. I can’t wait to take my knowledge and skills to the next level and be able to share that with all of my students and guests!”

Related Posts

Subscribe to Our E-Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with everything the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation does year-round.
Agree to Privacy Policy(Required)
By clicking submit below, you consent to allow TOTCF to store and process the personal information submitted above to provide you the content requested.
By subscribing to this list, you certify that you are of legal age to consume alcohol as defined by the laws in your country of residence.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.