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Strawberries macerated in red wine

Strawberries in red wineStrawberries are much-loved sweet luscious fruits that are plentiful in the markets now. Some of the best ways to enjoy strawberries are very simple; with just a sprinkle of sugar and squeeze of lemon or a splash of balsamic vinegar. Strawberries and cream are of course a perennial favourite and are delicious when served with a meringue or sponge cake.

Strawberries macerated in red wine syrup are wonderful, easy to do and great for entertaining.

The quantity of wine syrup in this recipe is enough for three punnets of strawberries. Macerate the strawberries for one to two hours only as the berries will begin to soften after that. Try the red wine syrup with other berries such as raspberries or blueberries. It is also delicious with cherries and peaches.

It is not necessary to use the best wine for this recipe. You may need to adjust the amount of sugar in the syrup as it will depend on the ripeness of the strawberries and the style of red wine you use.

Photography by Jeffrey Chan

Serves 4


  • 2 cups Pinot Noir or similar fruity light red wine
  • half a cinnamon quill
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 strips pared lemon peel
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2-3 punnets of ripe strawberries (500-750g), washed


  1. To make the sauce, put the wine, cinnamon quill, cloves and lemon peel and sugar in a small saucepan on medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and then bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the sweetness of the syrup with a little more sugar if needed. Strain and chill.
  2. Hull the strawberries and cut them into halves or quarters depending on their size. One hour before serving tip the pinot noir syrup over the strawberries to cover and leave to macerate in the fridge. Serve the strawberries in glasses or glass dishes with the wine syrup. They are delicious just as they are and do not need to be served with ice-cream or cream.


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