Strawberries in Spiced Red Wine Syrup



Apple season is about to begin in North America. And you know what that means: we’ve officially entered a period in which strawberries become mediocre. I wouldn’t recommend that you do anything to strawberries when they’re at their peak, but at a time like this, I think this kind of intervention is appropriate.

This makes a great topping for ice cream, pancakes and waffles, cake, plain panna cotta, etc. The mixture keeps for a week, refrigerated and in an airtight container.

Strawberries in Spiced Red Wine Syrup
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2 pounds fresh strawberries, cleaned, dried thoroughly, and hulled
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups dessert red wine such as port or madeira
3-4 cinnamon sticks
4-5 whole cloves
3 pieces of star anise
5-6 whole chiles de árbol

  • Add all the ingredients, except the strawberries, to a large pot; bring to a boil.
  • Add the strawberries to the wine mixture; let the mixture come back to a boil for one minute. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool, covered.
  • Once the mixture has cooled, transfer the whole pot to the refrigerator and let the strawberries macerate overnight.

4 Responses to Strawberries in Spiced Red Wine Syrup

  1. Orla@thepremiumbutcher August 29, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    What a lovely recipe! I’m always looking for new ways to serve Strawberries!

  2. Arwen from Hoglet K September 1, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    That looks divine. I’ve only used chilli in chocolate desserts before, so it’s interesting to start thinking of putting them with fruit.

  3. kita September 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Your photos are always so stunning. I am not even a fan of strawberries and had to come see what you had created with them. I am getting ready for apple season with much anticipation!

  4. Dacey September 8, 2011 at 6:41 am #

    Strawberry is my favorite fruit and adding it in red wine makes it more delightful.Thanks for the recipe.Its a big honor for me to make this recipe