SPIRITED SERMONS

Reverend JW Simpson is delighted to announce the continuation of its incredibly popular series of informative, interactive and innovative Spirited Sermons cocktail 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.

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.

There are two sessions, 6.30pm and 8.30pm, perfect for pre-dinner or finishing your evening with a flair. 


UPCOMING SERMONS


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AN ABSOLUTE ELIXIR

With  Absolut Elyx Swedish Vodka

Tuesday 24th April

Absolut Elyx is a true luxury vodka. Made from single estate winter wheat, and hand-crafted in a vintage copper still from 1921, this multi award-winning Swedish vodka will form the base of some special cocktails created for the evening. With a tasting from their UK brand ambassador, we’ll discover the production and flavours of this delicious liquid.

Tickets include a tasting flight of 3 expressions and 3 cocktails.


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STORIES FROM 1793 TO THE PRESENT DAY

With Plymouth Gin

Tuesday 8th May

Produced since 1793 in the oldest working gin distillery in England, Plymouth Gin’s story is steeped in tales of naval links, Sir Francis Drake, the Mayflower and Black Friars monastery where it is made. It forms the base of several classic cocktails, and we’ll taste these as well as the gins alongside anecdotes for its long and illustrious history.

Tickets include a tasting flight of 3 expressions and 3 cocktails.


 
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SPIRIT OF PERU

with BarSol Pisco 

Tuesday 22nd May

One of the first spirits produced in the Americas, Pisco from Peru has a fascinating story. BarSol piscos are multi-award winning as they produce some of the finest of these Peruvian grape brandies, and we shall discover the history, family story and flavours of these complex and delicious liquids.

Tickets include a tasting flight of 3 expressions and 3 cocktails.


 
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NEGRONI WEEK SPECIAL

with Tanqueray No. 10 Gin

Tuesday 5th June

Negroni week has become an internationally recognized festival, and as such we have partnered with one of the finest and best-loved London dry gins available, Tanqueray No. 10.  This delicious gin is produced in small batches using the Tiny Ten still and specially selected botanicals. The perfect choice for a complex drink, we’ll be mixing up a range of classic and modern Negronis and learning about this stunning gin.

Tickets include a tasting flight of 3 expressions and 3 cocktails.


 
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NATIONAL MARTINI DAY

with Four Pillars Australian Gin

Gin is certainly the spirit of the moment, with many weird and wonderful varieties being born all over the world. In order to pair with the most iconic cocktail of all time, we’ve paired up with one of the best new gins, the multi-award winning Four Pillars gin from Yarra Valley, Australia.

As we’ll as drinking different historic styles of Martini, we’ll learn about the production, flavours and origins (pun intended) of these delectable liquids.

Tickets include a tasting flight of 3 expressions and 3 cocktails.


 
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A TALE OF TWO LAKES

with Glendalough Irish Distillery

Tuesday 3rd July

The Glendalough Distillery was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. In the 18th and 19th centuries there were over 200 licensed distilleries in Ireland who, along with countless unlicensed ones, produced diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. Until recently that dropped to a small handful. Glendalough Distillery is now part of a revival of this heritage.

The idea behind Glendalough Distillery is to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of our ancestors. Initially they started with the first ever spirit, poitín, and since then have moved to whiskey and most recently the release of their seasonal, wild botanical gins.

Tickets include a tasting flight of 3 expressions and 3 cocktails.