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Apple Cider Donuts

Executive Pastry Chef Paul Lemieux

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, CA

(Recipe yields 18 donuts and holes)

Apple Cider Donuts, Photo by Brie Buhman Photography


9 ounces All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Ceylon Cinnamon Powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 ounces Butter
1.7 ounces Sugar
1 whole egg
2 ounces Buttermilk
3.25 ounces Apple Cider Syrup (Bates & Schmitt Apple Farm) Or reduce 18oz of Apple Cider Syrup to 3.25 oz.

Cinnamon Mixture

1 ounce Ceylon Cinnamon
6 ounces sugar



  1. Sift together dry ingredients
  2. Cream butter and sugar with paddle attachment on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add egg, scrape bowl, mix 2 minutes
  4. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and apple cider syrup.
  5. To the butter /egg mix, add ½ dry mix, ½ wet mix, ½ dry mix, ½ wet mix – scraping bowl in between additions.  Place dough on floured parchment.  Flour top of dough and gently roll out to 1cm thick, about 1/3 inch.  Chill dough in freezer until firm enough to punch out (about 1.5 hours).  Punch out 2 inch circles of dough.  Place on lightly floured tray.  Punch out a 1 inch hole in each of the circles.
  6. Fry donut in 350˚oil for 1.5 minutes on each side or until deep golden brown.
  7. Drain on paper towels and cool for about 2 minutes.
  8. Toss donuts and donut holes in Cinnamon Mixture



Calvados Sabayon

(yields 2 cups)


1 whole egg
3 egg yolks
1 ½ ounce sugar
½ ounce Calvados
1 cup cream
1 ounce Calvados

  1. Place eggs, yolks, sugar and Calvados in bowl
  2. Place bowl over simmering water.
  3. Wisk mixture vigorously until it triples in volume. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  4. Whip the cream and Calvados to soft peaks and fold into egg mixture.




2 whole Pink Lady apples – diced
1 ounce sugar
Pinch salt


  1. Combine diced apples, sugar and salt. Add to a sauté pan.  Cook on high heat while stirring with a wooden spoon until apples are tender and all of the juice has evaporated from pan.  Cool apples to room temperature on a sheet tray.



CATEGORIES: General, Recipes, Restaurant

Chlorophyll Water Added to the Complimentary Amenities at the Spa


So excited about adding this healthy upgrade to our spa… Chlorophyll Water!!  Located just outside the eucalyptus infused steam rooms overlooking the valley…  Here, our guests partake in the “Auberge Spa Purification Ritual,” which includes dry body brushing and hot/cold plunge pools to increase circulation and lymphatic movement.  Adding the benefits of Chlorophyll to this detoxifying experience while educating our guests about it how it increases oxidation in the blood and decreases inflammatory conditions makes us feel good!

CATEGORIES: General, Spa

Spring Spa Tip – When Spring Allergies Attack

There’s nothing pretty about allergy season.  For allergy sufferers, Spring brings just as much of a headache as it does happiness. Here are a few tips to look and feel your best.  Just because you feel miserable, doesn’t mean you have to look it too.

Spring Flowers - Auberge du Soleil


1.) Sleep-in, or at least stay indoors in the morning.
Pollen is a major trigger for allergies in spring, so Singh suggests staying indoors in the morning, when pollen is everywhere: “Pollen counts are the highest early in the morning, between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so if you participate in outdoor activities like jogging, it’s better to jog in the evening or after 10 a.m.” So yes, now you have permission to feel less guilty about hitting snooze tomorrow morning.

2.) Reduce redness.
Too much tissue use can result in a dry, red nose. By applying a calming moisturizer, like an argan balm, we can soothe and hydrate skin before applying a green-colored primer to cancel out redness.

3.) Throw On Some Shades
With pollen swirling from all directions, ducking it entirely is out of the question. However, donning a pair of sunglasses will do wonders for your allergies. By shielding your eyes from the pollen, your glasses will cut down on allergic reactions. And they do double duty: If you don’t get your shades on in time and you do suffer a watery, red eye situation, your glasses will cover up the problem area and keep you looking totally chic.

4.) Just Add Water
Showering at night will rinse off the day’s troubles and the pollen you’ve picked up along the way. Make it extra steamy to help clear up any congestion that’s followed you home. And if that’s not enough, try a saline spray, which will ease the stress on your mucus membranes. Finally, apply a cold compress on your eyes when you lie down for bed. It will eliminate swelling and give the irritated skin around your eyes some welcome relief.

5.) Turn on the air conditioning.
If you want to avoid outdoor allergens getting inside, it’s a smart idea to simply keep your windows closed. Consider flicking on the recirculate button on your air conditioner to keep outside air out, and remember to change or clean the filter regularly in both your home and car.

6.) Avoid grass.
Sorry allergy sufferers, but a picnic in the sunshine is just about your worst enemy right now. If you live in a suburban area, keep your grass short and have someone else mow it.

7.) Embrace bare beauty.
If you want to give your eyes a break from makeup, just using waterproof mascara allows you to “wake up” your face without having to wear any additional eye makeup.

CATEGORIES: General, Spa

The Auberge Margarita

You’ve got the chips, the guac, the tequila and the limes – don’t you dare use a premade margarita mix! The Auberge du Soleil bartenders are here to the rescue with a Margarita recipe you’ll want to shake up all year long!

The margarita is one of the world’s most famous cocktails, and it lends itself to experimentation like no other. Not that you need an excuse to make margaritas at home, but “observing” Cinco de Mayo gives you as good an excuse as any. (Isn’t the fact you got through the workday good enough?) If you’re choosing to skip the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Auberge Bistro & Bar, for a quiet celebration at home, this recipe for The Auberge Margarita will certainly strike your fancy.

Auberge Margarita

The Auberge Margarita

1 1/2 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
1 oz. Fresh lime juice
1/4 oz. Fresh orange juice
1/2 oz. Agave nectar

Method:    Shake ingredients with ice then strain and serve on the rocks
Garnish:    Orange wedge

CATEGORIES: Bistro & Bar, General, Recipes

May Courtyard Wine Tastings

Join Wine Director Kris Margerum in the Courtyard at Auberge du Soleil for a complimentary wine tasting on Thursday evenings.  Each week a different local winery will be featured, pouring a few of their most popular varietals.  We encourage you to stay for dinner at the Auberge Restaurant or at the Bistro & Bar.

May 5, 5:00-6:30pm
Crocker & Starr

May 12, 5:00-6:30pm

May 19, 5:00-6:30pm


CATEGORIES: Concierge Corner, Events, General

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