Recipe: Vanilla Iced Tea

Refresh your taste buds this month and enjoy our delicious Vanilla Iced Tea.

Vanilla iced tea at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Vanilla iced tea

The recipe makes one litre of iced tea.

  • 5 tea bags of Vanilla tea
  • 3cl Vanilla Essence
  • 20cl Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 litre of hot water

Infuse all ingredients for approximately 30 minutes. Let the infusion cool down then place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Served chilled with three slices of lemon and ice.

Wine with honours at Le Prince Maurice

At Le Prince Maurice we are very proud of our award-winning assistant head sommelier Jorald Julie.

This year Mauritius-born Jorald won the coveted title of Best Sommelier of Mauritius by the Association of Sommeliers of Mauritius following a live final at Château Mon Désir at the Maritim Hotel.

No stranger to winning, Jorald had already won an award back in March at this year’s famous Bernard Loiseau Culinary Festival.

Jorald was selected as winner against some of the best Mauritian sommeliers in a competition to choose the best wines to match a dinner cooked by the guest European Michelin-starred chefs.

Jorald’s tips for wines to try in 2013

  • Champagne Delamotte Brut – fine bubbles with nice complexity 
  • Springfield Estate Life from stone Sauvignon Blanc from the Robertson Region South Africa – exotic fruit flavours and marvellous freshness for summertime.
  • Clos Henri Pinot Noir from the Malborough Region New Zealand – Red fruit and spicy note, fresh and elegant in mouth

Watch Jorald Julie’s beginner’s guide to wine tasting below, or find out more about Constance Le Prince Maurice on our website.

Cocktail recipe: Flaming Mai Tai

It’s party time and we’re celebrating with our Flaming Mai Tai from the Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Ingredients:

  • 4c l New Grove Rhum
  • 2cl Orange Curacao Triple Sec
  • 2cl Apricot Brandy
  • 1cl Lemon Juice
  • 1.5cl Orgeat Syrup
  • 5cl Pineapple Juice
  • 3 cl St Aubin Rhum
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Garnish: Pineapple and Mint Leaves

Method:
Pour all of the ingredients into a Boston glass in the order stated. Shake well and then single strain into glass. Add crushed ice.

Garnish:
Place two thin slices of pineapple in a wine glass, dust with cinnamon powder and pour about 30ml St Aubin Rhum into the glass. Light and let the liquid burn so as to caramelize the fruit a little (10 seconds). Then pour, flaming, over the top of the cocktail. When the flame stops, add a straw and a sprig of fresh mint.

Before the garnish, a splash of crème de Peche can be added if preferred.

Laid back dining on the beach at Lémuria’s Takamaka

This month we’ve created a new and exciting menu for our Lémuria beach restaurant Takamaka.

Tiger prawn ceviche, Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Tiger prawn ceviche and sweet potato crisps

An elegant take on beach dining the new menu includes dishes such as this sumptuous tiger prawns ceviche with citrus dressing and sweet potato crisps.

Nestled on the white sand of Petit Anse Kerlan with the turquoise ocean lapping at the shore, Takamaka is named after the lush Takamaka trees which offer this secluded spot their shade. A perfect place to watch the sun go down as you enjoy good food amongst friends.

Find out more about Constance Lémuria and check booking availability on our website.

Wine and dine with two of France’s best vineyards at Ephélia and Lémuria

Guests at Ephélia and Lémuria resort can enjoy the unique opportunity to celebrate two of France’s leading vineyards this Christmas with a specially created vineyard menu.

Constance Ephélia

Gonet-Medeville at Constance Ephelia

Gonet-Medeville at Ephelia and Lemuria

Nicolas Rossignol and a representative of the Gonet-Médeville vineyard will join guests at Ephelia on the 25-27 December to introduce them to some of their famous wines and champagnes. A menu has been specifically designed to compliment the famous French wines and to create a dining event not to be missed.

From a family of winemakers Nicolas Rossignol established his own estate back in 1997 in the region of Volnay using ancient winemaking techniques.

Gonet-Médeville has also stayed true to traditional growing methods in the creation of its grand cru and premier cru champagne.

Come and taste the best of the wines they have to offer at Ephélia this Christmas.

Constance Lémuria

Guests at Lémuria resort will get a sneak preview this week when they too are visited by the Family Gonet-Médeville and Nicolas Rossignol for an exclusive wine and dine event.

Highlights of the menu will include:

  • Pan fried foie gras with semi-ripe papaya chutney served with ginger bread puree, salty nut crunch and balsamic jus to be accompanied by a Champagne Gonet Médeville Blanc de Noirs 1er cru
  • Roasted red snapper fillet in a red wine sauce, crispy leeks and sautéed ‘patole’ accompanied by a Volnay 2011
  • Roasted duck breast with sweet spices and honey crust pumpkin gratin and wilted local spinach with tamarind jus accompanied by a Volnay 1er cru Santenots 2009
  • Duo pineapple-vanilla with red berries coulis accompanied by a Château Gilette ‘Crème de tête’

Find out more about Nicolas Rossignol and Gonet-Médeville or visit the Constance Ephélia website to check availability.

Top 5 food blogs

It’s always fun to try something new in the kitchen and with Christmas round the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to experiment with cooking something you haven’t tried before.

Luxury food at Constance Hotels & Resorts

Culinary delights at Constance

We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 food blogs to get you inspired.

1. Cannelle et Vanille 
Produced by Basque ex-pat Aran Goyoaga, this beautiful food, life and photography blog is chock full of recipes with an emphasis on all things sweet.

2. Bon Appé Tempt 
Winner of this year’s Best Food Humour Blog Award from Saveur, Bon Appé Tempt offers a mix of recipes and humorous, edgy anecdotes from the life of blog creator Amelia.

3. Lottie + Doof 
Offering a blend of recipes, tips for entertaining guests and muses on the central role food plays in our lives.

4. Eat Like a Girl 
Popular blog by Niamh Shields offering an eclectic array of recipes inspired by well-loved recipe books and the writer’s own travels.  Also includes information, tips and advice for foodies abroad.

5. Trail of Crumbs 
A gastro travelogue, written and photographed by an American couple now living in Paris with a selection of photos, recipes and stories inspired by their travels. With regular guest authors the blog is a handy resource for foodie travellers seeking tips on culinary treats to try when overseas.