Spirited Sermons

Drink-ology | Cocktail Mixology | Spirits Masterclass

Rating: 9.0

hosted by Reverend JW Simpson

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Reverend JW Simpson is pleased to announce a new 2015 series of informative, interactive and irreverent Spirited Sermons. This winter the Reverend will praise and preach about some of the world’s most fascinating spirits, offering innovative takes on classic recipes before inviting guests to try their hand at shaking them to life.

Hosted by ambassadors and master distillers from carefully selected premium drink brands and taking place throughout January, February and March 2015, Spirited Sermons takes London’s cocktail enthusiasts and aficionados on a journey that explores Historic Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Caribbean Rum, Nordic Vodkas and more.

Throughout the evening, the host will join guests at their table to discuss the chosen spirit, with fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes about its history and production, whilst Rev JW Simpson’s experienced cocktail bartenders demonstrate how use these flavours to create beautiful, delicate and delicious concoctions.  Guests will then have the opportunity to use their newly learnt skills to shake and stir their own cocktail at the pop up bar.

17th February: Caribbean Rums

At this one-off masterclass, Speciality Brand’s Development Manager Jon Lister will guide guests through an interactive journey of flavour profiling, with tastings of 3 very different rums: Diplomatico rums, Agricole Rum and 100% Pot still rum. Guests can expect to pair the rums with teas and chocolates and to work with everything form gun powder to distilled banana milkshake.

3rd March: Indian Influenced Gins

In celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi, the Reverend will be delving into the history of Indian gin and mixing up some magnificent multi-coloured cocktails for the occasion. Hosted by Pickerings gin, a smooth, flavoursome gin based on an original Bombay recipe, the masterclass will provide edible coloured powders so guests can shake up a rainbow at the pop up bar. The Reverend's usually muted abode will be unrecognisably drenched in Technicolor and fresh Indian snacks will be handed out throughout the night.

17th March: Irish Poitín – St Paddys Day Special

The Reverend will be honouring the Emerald Isle this St Paddy’s Day with an Irish Poitín masterclass. Poitín is a traditional Irish distilled beverage which was discovered in the sixth century. Banned for 300 years, it was only legalised in 1997 and in recent years Poitín has discarded its reputation as dangerous homemade concoction and is enjoying a comeback. Hosted by Charlie McCarthy, who has been consulting for whiskey companies on events and programmes for over six years, this masterclass will be an amusing and informative insight into the history and tasting notes of the original Irish moonshine.

7th April- Mayan Liqueurs – Casa d’Artisti- Lucious Liquids

Xtabentún is an anise liqueur produced in Mexico’s Yucatán region using anise seed and fermented honey made by honey bees from the nectar of xtabentún flowers, before adding rum. Reverend J W Simpson will be showing guests how to channel the ways of an ancient civilisation and combine this unique and delicious liqueur in cocktails, to be served with beautiful handmade Mayan chocolates.

21st April- Pre-phylloxera Cognac – Ferrand

During the mid-1860s, a tiny pest with a very long name - phylloxera vastartrix - decimated French vineyards. At an enormous expense these were replanted mainly with grapes other than the Folle Blanche or Colombard which were so common, and in doing so the flavour of Cognac was changed forever. One for real Cognac enthusiasts, this masterclass is hosted by the Ferrand brand ambassador Paul McFayden. Pierre Ferrand Cognac is produced using cutting-edge techniques to recreate the vintage taste of a bottle of cognac from the pre-phylloxera 1840s, enabling guests at this masterclass to taste the past- a vibrant and flavoursome cognac from a lost age which also works beautifully in cocktails.

5th May- Cinco de Mayo – Herradura- Mangrove

To celebrate Mexican Independence Day, Spirited Sermons will take an in-depth look at the country’s most fascinating spirit for an evening of Tequila tasting and Mexican tapas.  This agave-focused sermon is hosted by Tequila Herradura - a distiller located in Mexico and founded in 1870. The tequila produced by Herradura is still made in Mexico and is still 100% agave, made in the same traditional ways as those of the last century. Definitely one for sipping, not shooting. Become a Tequila aficionado on this noteworthy day by learning about the fascinating history of this ancient spirit before sampling and experimenting with its complex and varied flavours.


Tuesdays throughout January, February and March. 

Arrival from 6pm, Masterclass and cocktail making and partaking from 8pm-11pm
Fee: £25 + booking fee including 3 cocktails or as detailed. 

Reverend JW Simpson, 32 Goodge Street, W1T 2QJ




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Reverend JW Simpson -The Apéritif

17 Mar 15 by The Apéritif


Rating: 9

jimwells attended in December 2013, reviewed on 16 December 2013

A very enjoyable evening. The hosts were interesting and entertaining. It was obvious how passionate they are about what they do. The selection of sherries and cocktails offered was varied and delicious. I would certainly attend another of their events.

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