Here at Limoncello we haven’t failed to notice ‘that’ time of year has crept upon us again. No sooner have the first leaves of Autumn touched the ground then it seems time to bring out the Christmas decorations. Which means it’s also time to think about what to get that one person who is always so difficult to buy for, luckily we’ve got a few ideas for you. One gift that always works well is the Christmas Hamper due to it being so personal and thougthful. Here at Limoncello the hampers come in three sizes and can be gift wrapped with cellophane and ribbon for an elegant touch. You can decide exactly what goes in it or, if you only have an idea of what Uncle M. or Grandma may like, ask us to make one up for you... booze is usually fairly popular!
Those looking for a real decadent treat – and if you can’t be decadent at Christmas when can you? – may want to try something from our truffle selection. That said if the one you’re purchasing a hamper for has a sweet tooth we have an array of chocolates, biscotti, nougat and our ever popular panettone.
These incredible Italian Christmas cakes are available in many guises. Chocolate, fruit, infused with Limoncello (we particularly like this one...obviously!) or Vin Santo which translates as holy wine. Any one of our panettone would make a great hamper centre piece and, we believe, are among the most succulent and flavoursome Italian cakes you’ll find in Cambridge.
No one’s saying you can’t run around a chain store for Christmas presents or sit at home on your laptop clicking which gifts to buy for people on a website. But wouldn’t it be nicer to relax in a locally owned independent shop. Drinking a freshly brewed coffee, safe in the knowledge that this year the gift you give will truly be appreciated.
We know which one we’d prefer you do!
So we're called Limoncello and we sell Limoncello. But just how much do you know about this highly quaffable tipple? Here's our top 5 Interesting facts about the drink itself:
1. Limoncello is one of the most popular liqueurs in Italy.
2. Limoncello has been around for at least a century, but its precise origins are unclear. One story has the fishermen and farmers preparing their own versions. Another has friars making it in their monasteries… Do you ever wonder if any of the friars ever minded making all this alcohol but not supping it?
3. Limoncello is made from lemon zest as well as the flesh. The zest is steeped in alcohol until the oil is released which gives the drink its vibrant colour.
4. Were you so include you could make it yourself, here’s a relatively easy recipe from Nigella Lawson
5. If you can’t be bothered with the faff of making your own, come along to Limoncello Deli between 7th – 22nd May. As a fringe event for Eat Cambridge we are giving 3 samples for a highly discounted price!
Cambridge and Mill Road in particular is well known for its food scene. We so enjoy watching our customers pop in for pizza and nibbles during Italian evening or serving you guys coffees and pastries on a weekend morning. While we have always offered samples and tastings, festivals are fast becoming a standard way for other business owners to get their wares tried out. This year we’re taking part in three such events coming up over 2016. When are they you say? Well isn't that a coincidence, I was just about to tell you!
Eat Cambridge 7th -22nd May
A highlight of the foodie calendar, the aforementioned Eat Cambridge Food and Drink festival will be enjoying its third successful year this May. We love that Cambridge caters so well to the foodies here and Heidi White, Organiser of Eat Cambridge agrees saying ‘We have such a fantastic indie food and drink scene here in Cambridge’. She continues ‘I'm thrilled to be releasing another amazing line-up of festival events and it’s great to see so many local independents getting involved.’ With fringe events, workshops and more wonderful things to try then you could handle, you’ll kick yourself if you miss out on this two week bonanza! Heidi confirms ‘I'm always pleased to see the city's steadfast favourites, like Limoncello, getting on board’. We’re looking forward to it as well!
Mill Road Summer Fair2nd July 5pm
Prana Indian Restaurant is sponsoring this event which we, and many of our neighbours will be taking part in. 'Last year's event was a huge success’ Franny Ritchie the Mill Road Coordinator says, advising ‘we are so excited to build on it to bring Mill Road an even bigger and better Midsummer event in 2016’. Not strictly speaking a food event Franny confirms ‘there will be a new family-friendly creative area at Ditchburn Place, and we have booked some great local musicians as well.' We’re excited there is yet another opportunity for you to experience our products. Fingers crossed for good weather!
Mill Road Winter Fair – 3rd December 2016 10.30 – 4.30pm
Look, if anywhere was going to get a double mention it’s going to be Mill Road right? If you like the Summer fair you’ll love the winter one, it's well established as one of the bests event in the town centre for culture, food and Christmas gifts (too soon to mention the C word?) Last year’s fair had an amazing buzz to it and we thoroughly enjoyed warming you lot up with our amaretto infused mulled wine!
Dates you should definitely add to your diary, right?
Midsummer Images courtesy of Justin Whitaker