Cambridge Catalyst Issue 08 Web



What happens when a trio of scientists and engineers turn their hands to distilling gin? The answer is Linden Leaf Botanicals, a collection of finely-tuned organic spirits created using state-of-the-art technology and crafted at the molecular level. The bottled range includes Le Rêve Organic Molecular Absinthe, with anise, fennel and wormwood, and the “88” Organic Molecular Gin, which gives an enticing perfume from 28 exotic botanicals. The Linden Leaf miniatures gift box, featuring three mini bottles, is the perfect gift at £16. 


Christmas parties might be a distant dream this year thanks to Covid restrictions, but you can get your friends or colleagues in the festive spirit by posting them a gift pack of ready-to-drink cocktails. Created by La Raza, in conjunction with sister company Bottleproof Cocktails, these dinky drinks are made with top-quality spirits and fresh ingredients. On offer are single-serve cocktails or mocktails that simply require a shake and a stir and, hey presto, it’s bottom’s up. Options include espresso martinis, negronis, blueberry gin bursts and a very festive Christmas ‘Gingleberries’ cocktail , and you can choose to send four or six drinks per box. The idea for the boxes was born out of a need to diversify in the current climate, according to

La Raza owner and Bottleproof Cocktails co- owner Charles Anderson. “A couple of local companies that usually celebrate their office parties at La Raza contacted us to see if we had any ideas of what they could do this year, so we decided to make Bottleproof cocktails available to the corporate gift market as a one-off. The cocktails are ideal for employers to give to their employees, either as gifts or to enjoy together over Zoom. At the same time, it supports a local business and our employees.” You can order boxes on La Raza’s website, with the option for individual bottles if you’re creating your own gift box. Small orders can also be placed via Click It Local . 


Although it’s the season of giving, it has to be said: buying Christmas gifts can be stressful . What to buy? Where to buy it? And will they even like it? It can be a nightmare, especially when you just want to show your loved ones that you care. So, if you’re looking for a present for someone special , we’d recommend avoiding the holiday hassle and treating them to a Love Cambridge gift card. Accepted by more than 200 businesses in Cambridge, the Love Cambridge gift card – delivered by Cambridge Business Improvement District (Cambridge BID) – is a preloaded Mastercard that works in the same way as department store or shopping centre gift cards, except it’s valid for the whole city! You can choose how much money you’d like on the card (it can be anywhere from £10 to £500), and the amount can be spent across multiple businesses, so you don’t have to worry about choosing just one from the list. You can order the gift card online and get it delivered directly to friends or family in time for Christmas, complete with your own personalised message. 




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