Our favourite bartenders: Sarah Mitchell, London Cocktail Club

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Where did you learn your craft?

All over the place. It all started with a guy called Lloyd Bombell in a restaurant/café/bar called Amber Lounge in Sydney.

Name a few of the places you’ve worked

Strawberry Moons, Roadhouse, Townhouse, LAB, Graphic, London Cocktail Club.

Who’s the most inspiring person you’ve worked with and why?

A manager in a pub in Earl’s Court. She taught me how not to treat people, staff and guests. She inspired me to do the opposite to her.

What makes a good bartender?

Banter.

Which barmen do you admire and why?

Iain Richardson – a hospo unsung hero.

What’s your proudest moment as a bartender?

When a well known figure in the industry came up, told me I was a good bartender and they knew my name. I went totally red with embarrassment and pride. What a geek!

Shaken or stirred?

I’ll always stir! And that’s not just drinks…

What’s your favourite drink?

To mix:

at the moment, an Aviation.

To drink:

a G&T.

On your menu:

House Grog

What’s your definition of a bartender and a mixologist and where do you fit in?

A Mixologist makes concrete, a bartender makes drinks. I make terrible concrete.

What’s your favourite ingredient?

Gin.

Where do you drink off duty?

Cro Bar, LAB, B@1 Soho

What’s your essential piece of bar kit?

Banter. And I was always told a good bartender should be able to use a bucket of ice, a surface and get on with it.

What’s your failsafe recipe to mix at home?

A G&T

If you could mix a cocktail for anyone alive or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to pull Inspector Morse a pint of Best, or a dram of Bells.

You can find Sarah tending bar at London Cocktail Club, 224 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EB T: 020 7580 1960. londoncocktailclub.co.uk.

The Cocktail Lovers

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The Cocktail Lovers are Mr G and Ms S, a man and a woman who share a passion for cocktails. (We also happen to be married, so we’re cocktail lovers in more ways than one…)

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