Fraises au Vin (Strawberries in Wine)

This strawberries in wine cold soup was very common in rural France before WWII. Very refreshing!

Serves: 4Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 3 hours 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 lb. strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • In a medium saucepan, bring the wine to a boil over medium-high heat. Slice the top outer layer of the vanilla pod and add it to the wine with the cloves, star anises, and ginger. Add the sugar and stir with a wooden spoon. As soon as it begins to boil, reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour in a large serving bowl and let it cool down to room temperature.
  • Take the vanilla pod out, scratch the seeds out with a teaspoon and put them back in the wine. Over a large bowl, cut the strawberries in half and sprinkle the lemon juice on them. Add them to the wine when it’s cold. Put in the refrigerator for 3 hours.
  • Serve cold in wine glasses.