Strawberries with Orange-Flavored Wine

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves

    6 to 8

Appears in

The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen

By Paula Wolfert

Published 2003

  • About

Maceration, soaking food in a syrup or liquid to infuse flavor, is a wonderful old French cooking method. It’s especially useful in strawberry season when so often the berries don’t have the aroma and flavor you expect. I won’t guarantee this old French frite will transform tasteless strawberries, but it will definitely improve them. And if your strawberries are at their prime, the results will be glorious.


  • 2 pounds strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, or more to taste
  • cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • cup orange muscat or rosé wine
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Clean and hull the strawberries. In a food processor, puree 5 of the largest berries. Add the sugar, the orange juice, lemon juice, and wine. Puree and strain through a fine sieve. Add more sugar to taste.
  2. Pour the puree over the remaining strawberries and let them macerate for at least 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with vanilla ice cream.