Infusing red wine with warm spices and herbs creates a fragrant syrup for the distinctive ruby-hued compote. Serve over ice cream, pound cake, or with almond biscotti, and garnish with mint.
1 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 (2 1/2-inch) orange rind strips
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
4 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup blueberries
How to Make It
Combine first 6 ingredients in a small nonaluminum saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Drain wine mixture in a colander over a large bowl; discard solids. Add berries; toss to coat. Serve warm or chill up to 2 hours.
Simple and refreshing, with nice subtle hints of cinnamon and orange. A very nice dessert on its own, or over ice cream or biscotti cookies. I would make the base of this in a larger batch in the winter to serve as mulled wine, omitting the fruit.