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Holiday Recipe from Mexico’s Velas Resorts

Rosemary Rack of Lamb with Cognac Cherry Jam

Velas Resorts in Mexico is bringing the joy and wonder of the holiday season directly to your kitchen with one of its delicious holiday recipes.

Rosemary Rack of Lamb with Cognac Cherry Jam

Courtesy of Chef Alberto Mendez, Frida Restaurant at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit


1 Lamb rack

1 bunch Rosemary

1 ½ T Garlic

½ C Corn oil

1 ½ C Natural black cherries, pitted

1 C Red wine

½ C White onion

¾ C Cognac

½ C Au Jus

7 T Butter


Heat the oil and garlic over low heat for 2 hours. Let cool. Rub the lamb with the oil and rosemary and let marinate for 24 hrs in the refrigerator.Bring lamb to room temp and preheat oven to 450. Roast in the oven at 450°F for 10 minutes, then lower the heat to 300°F. Cook for 10-20 minutes longer. While lamb is roasting, in a pan, add butter and onion and sauté over medium high heat until translucent. Add the cherries and continue to sauté until soft. Add the red wine and wait for it reduce by half. Add the cognac and flambé until the alcohol has burned off.  Add the au jus and let it cook down for a few minutes.Pour the cherry sauce over the plated lamb.

Christmas at Velas Resorts truly is festive. With a Christmas tree in suite, pre-decorated or with ornaments to decorate as a family, travelers really can bring their holiday celebrations to their stay at the Velas Resorts. Guests are also able to donate toys online to the Center for the Caring of Children with Cancer, a non-profit institution dedicated to serving children and teenagers with cancer. Holiday activities range from daily themed shows, picnic parties, and Drive-in Movies to Mexican posada, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas card making, and writing letters to Santa. Teens enjoy dedicated lounges, and for younger children, Kids’ Clubs offer a safe, fun and creative environment to engage in interactive activities. Offerings for adults include yoga and Pilates, craft beer tasting, salsa dancing, tequila and mezcal tastings, Spa Atelier workshops, and more. A special Christmas program and a New Year’s Eve gala dinner with themed menu and live entertainment will also be offered.

About Velas Resorts

Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have earned 52 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso’s “Best Spa,” Forbes’ “Coolest All-Inclusives,” Forbes’ Four Star Award, and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame, among others. Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, properties include the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas in Los Cabos, with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort; AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, which enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains; and AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering a sophisticated all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. In Puerto Vallarta, Casa Velas is a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay. Mar del Cabo, a boutique hotel on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, opened on December 5th as its only European Plan offering.

To learn more about Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, contact a member of the IGS team.


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