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A Brief History of Baci

 

Baci, the iconic sweet confectionery - smartly wrapped in its blue starred silver foil is the star of the show around Christmas time and has been a staple at Limoncello since day one. Our waiters love passing our overflowing basket of Baci as they return to the kitchen, deftly pinching one as they whisk by. Theyve got so good at it they can even peel the foil off with one hand before quickly stuffing the wrapping into their pockets and the Baci in their gobs.

 

We love Baci and seeing as Christmas season is in full swing we thought wed give you a little insight into the fairy tale origins-story of this festive treat.

 

Baci was the brainchild of Luisa Spagnoli, a young and aspiring chocolatier, back in 1922. It’s said that Lusia and her lover used to pass love notes to eat other wrapped around the chocolate - hence the note found inside every Baci - although many a Baci lover out there may not have realised this detail; instead opting to rip of the wrapping and shove said Baci down their throats - before screwing up the wrapping (along with the lovingly written note) and tossing it unceremoniously in the bin. 

 

Baci was an instant success, selling over one-hundred million of the little guys within five years of Lusias initial invention.

 

So now you know a little more about these silvery bites - 

 

And now for your viewing pleasure we present to you, the world's biggest baci…

 

 

Credit: Theo Turvill

Mulled wine limoncello style - limoncello mulled wine

Mulled wine limoncello style - limoncello mulled wine

 

Heres a cool twist on a classic - and thats to say a very large twist. You know mulled wine right? Well, at limoncello we wondered what the result would be if we just used lemon instead of the subtle infusions of various citrus fruits.

 

The result was something really special - lemon mulled wine - heres the process and recipe for those of you feeling adventurous:

 

Pour 10 ml of honey, 150 ml of dry white wine and 20 ml of limoncello into a milk pitcher

Add couple cardamom seeds, lemon and orange zests

Stir while heating, but do not bring to the boil

Fine strain into an glass

Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass

 

And voila, a very special limoncello mulled wine - a limited time winter addition to our cocktails menu!

Limoncello's Panettone Raffle

Limoncello's Panettone Raffle

 

The word panettone translated into english means "large cake" - and when it comes to our panettone, raffle the winner will be the proud owner a particular fine example.

 

The Maximus”, made by panettone aficionados, Fiasconaro, weighs in at a hefty 5 kg. Considering that by usual metrics, a large panettone comes in around the 750 gram mark, this really is a monster by anyone's standards.

 

If you want to be the talk of the town and have the chance to stagger away this ludicrously large panettone all you need do is follow the instructions on this post. The lucky winner will be announced at our little soiree  were holding for the opening of ‘The Sunset Garden’ which you can find out more about here - <https://limoncello.co.uk> - Good Luck! 

 

Credit: Theo Turvill