Our Community

FDM Profiles: Mitchell Clarke

Mitchell Clark

From Adelaide with Coffee

Mitchell has been in Hospitality since the age of 11 years old working the dishes in a pub as his for my first job. After this came working in fast food and cafes and restaurants through his teens. Mitchell got into the sales industry briefly,  but bartending quickly took over his life.  After managing a few bars and making thousands of drinks, he found himself in the education side of things! Mitchell runs HG Bartending School at HG Coffee School and teaches barista classes.  Now stoked to be a part of the FDM Team, Mitchell agreed to answer a few questions about all things drinks.



FDM: What’s your most memorable shift at a bar?

Mitch: When I got shown how to make my first cocktail, the Amaretto Sour. That’s what got me completely hooked on Bartending, I think I made about 20 or 30 that night, haha.



FDM: If you could eliminate one cocktail from menus worldwide, what would it be?

Mitch: People should just forget about the Long Island iced tea. It’s literally rocket fuel with a dash of coke.



FDM: If you were stuck on a desert island and could only drink one cocktail forever, what would it be?

Mitch: It would have to be the Mojito! History says it all!



FDM: What’s your favourite thing about the drinks industry?

Mitch: The community! Everyone is so supportive of each other and it attracts fun people so you’re never without a dull moment!



FDM: If I wasn’t in the spirits industry where would you be?

Mitch: I was pursuing recording music but I would probably end up in craft beer or coffee. There’s a lot of money in the wine industry so maybe that, haha!



FDM: What’s the next big drinks trend?

Mitch: Sustainability, it’s been growing for some time within our industry. Bulk spirits for bars is going to be our thing. For consumers I think is going to be BYO packaging for beer and wine, possibly even spirits. I also predict there will be a lot of premium canned wine.



FDM:What’s the most underrated drinking city?

Mitch: Adelaide! We have some of the most passionate bartenders and intimate small bars with a really buzzing industry vibe!



FDM: If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase?

Mitch: Double Eagle Very Rare 20 year old!



FDM: What’s your favourite SouthTrade product?

Buffalo Trace is pretty much my go to, but I can’t get over the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac.



FDM: Any advice for people starting in the spirits industry?

Mitch: Drink everything, go everywhere, meet everyone, participate, enjoy yourself, be friendly, show initiative!