The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Reverend JW Simpson’s ‘Southside Retox’

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food

Perfect for Summer days, the Southside is a feel good mix of Rathbone New London Dry Gin, Agave Syrup, fresh Lemon Juice and The Reverend’s Detox Juice (Made with fresh Cucumber, Mint, Ginger & pressed Apples) then topped with Sparkling Wine for a light, bright & healthier-than-most long and refreshing sipper. Here’s a recipe courtesy of Fitzrovia Cocktail Bar Reverend JW Simpson, allowing readers to attempt to replicate the celebrated drink at home this weekend.


50ml Rathbone New London Dry Gin

20ml Detox Mix (recipe below)

20ml Agave Water

20ml Fresh Lemon Juice

Top Sparkling Wine

For the Detox mix (makes 1 litre) blend:  

1 Cucumber

4 Whole Mint Stalks

1 Thumb Ginger (Finely Diced)

6 Whole Seasonal Apples)

To Garnish





1. Shake all but Fizz with ice and strain into a highball glass.

2. Fill with cubed Ice and top with Fizz.

 Reverend JW Simpson can be found at 32 Goodge St, London W1T 2QJ, and tickets for the bar’s Cocktail Workshops can be purchased from


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