Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Michael Caines' Magic Mulled Wine...

What a treat! Celebrity chef Michael Caines has given us his magic mulled wine recipe to share with you. A perfect winter warmer...


2 oranges
1 lemon
4 cloves
A pinch of cinnamon powder
2 cinnamon sticks
A pinch of Chinese five spice
50g caster sugar
1 cup of water
50ml Grand Marnier
750ml full bodied red wine


• Slice the lemon and one of the oranges, then stud the remaining orange with the cloves.
• Dissolve the sugar into the cup of water.
• Pour the wine into a saucepan with the studded orange, stir in the sugared water and spices then take to a moderate heat and leave for ten minutes. Do not boil the wine.
• Before serving, remove the studded orange, add the Grand Marnier and citrus slices and pour into a pre-heated glass punch bowl and garnish with the cinnamon sticks.

Michael Caines MBE is Executive Head Chef at two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park, not far from our home in Chagford. Recently voted the 'UK's Top Restaurant' by the readers of the Sunday Times and Harden’s restaurant guides, it achieved a magnificent 9.86 out of 10 overall rating and diners drenched it in praise with terms such as ‘flawless’ and ‘luxurious and welcoming’.

Special winter offer at Gidleigh Park

Experience fine dining at Gidleigh for yourself on a winter break in the New Year. There will be a very special lunch offer running from 16th January to 31st March 2011 with two courses for only £29.00 per person and three courses for £39.50 per person. (This offer excludes February 12th, 13th and 14th).

View our holiday cottages in Chagford for an invigorating (and mouth-watering!) winter break.