Reverend JW Simpson is delighted to announce the continuation of its incredibly popular series of informative, interactive and innovative Spirited Sermons masterclasses. The Reverend will be praising and preaching about some of the world’s oldest and most fascinating spirits, offering delicious new 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 and boutique drink brands, the series of Spirited Sermons will transport London’s cocktail enthusiasts on a circumnavigation of the globe. Guests will discover some of the most distinctive and creative tastes that the spirit market has to offer.
Throughout the evening, the host will join guests at their table to examine the chosen spirit, offering fascinating facts and amusing anecdotes about its history and production, whilst Rev JW Simpson’s experienced cocktail bartenders demonstrate how to use the spirit’s unique tastes 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.
London Cocktail Week gets Bitter & Twisted with a Campari Sermon Special
Tuesday 3rd October
Campari returns to Reverend JW Simpson for a London Cocktail Week special focused around this historically fascinating red liquid. From the Negroni, Americano & Campari soda through to the modern day creations of mixologists all over the world, we’ll look at the origins, production and stories around this iconic product.
An Irish Aristocrat in Cognac – The Richard Hennessy Story
Tuesday 17th October
Hennessy was founded in 1765 by the Irish aristocrat, Richard Hennessy. Hennessy had served with the French forces and the company began as an eaux-de-vie trader based in Cognac. He based his company on the land he had been granted by King Louis XV as compensation for his mercenary work. Nowadays Hennessy is synonymous with luxury, craft, tradition and excellence. Join as we follow the path of this decadent complex range of cognacs from their birth to today.
The Sparkling Widow – A Hallowe’en Special with Veuve Cliquot Champagne
Tuesday 31st October
Founded in 1772, the Maison of Cliquot-Ponsardin was uniquely steered from 1805 by the Veuve Cliquot following her husband’s death. Not only did Madame Cliquot maintain the company successfully, she made it the favourite of royalty throughout Europe, causing changes in the méthode champenoise still employed today. The art of Sabrage (opening a bottle with a cavalry sabre) also came as a result of this fascinating woman. We’ll sip some deliciously decadent cocktails while learning all about this amazing champagne.