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Borgoña (Chilean Strawberry Red Wine) Recipe

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Bring a rich, sweet, and juicy Chilean cocktail to the patio for everyone to enjoy with my simple borgoña recipe, and enjoy a beverage that has been made for centuries under a warm summer sun or for a special occasion.

Borgoña (Chilean Strawberry Red Wine) Recipe

What is Borgoña?

Put simply, borgoña is a three-ingredient Chilean cocktail made from native Chilean strawberries, red wine, and sugar.

The origin of the beverage can be traced all the way back to the indigenous Mapuche people, who have inhabited what is now the southern areas of Chile and Argentina for over two thousand years.

Evidence of borgoña preparation dates back centuries, and today, this delightfully sweet beverage is typically prepared for the Chilean holiday Fiestas Patrias, Christmas, and the summer season.

Borgona is similar to sangria in that it combines fruit with sugar and wine. However, unlike sangria, it doesn’t contain any citrus (which is one of the defining characteristics of sangria based on EU regulations).

Ingredients

So, let’s get started with my borgoña recipe. You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Strawberries – 14oz (400 grams), about 2 and 1/2 cup when chopped
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup sugar, see notes
  • Wine – 1 bottle of Chilean red wine (750ml), chilled

Ingredient Notes

Sugar – If the strawberries you’re using are sweet, you can use 1/2 cup sugar. If the strawberries are not as sweet or you have quite the sweet tooth, you can increase the amount to 2/3 cup sugar or adjust the amount further to your preference.

Instructions

Step 1 – Chop the strawberries.

Step 2 – Add sugar to the strawberries, mix gently, and set the bowl (covered) in the fridge for at least one hour (but you can prepare this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 24 hours).

This is also a good time to place your wine bottle in the fridge to chill.

After at least an hour, you should have a nice syrup with the strawberries. The more time passes, the more syrup you will have. Make sure the sugar is all dissolved, and you don’t have any remaining sugar granules.

Step 3 – Add the strawberries (in syrup) and the chilled red wine to a pitcher.

Give everything a good stir and chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors come together.

From there, you’re good to go. This is a Chilean favorite for all occasions, but especially if the sun is shining and you need a sweet, rich beverage to unwind with.

Serve in glasses, and don’t forget to eat the strawberries at the end with a spoon!

I would love to know your thoughts on this Chilean drink, if your guests enjoyed it, and what you served it with. Let me know in the comments, and here’s to a summer afternoon or evening with a welcome Latin American vibe!

Recipe Card

Yield: 5

Borgoña (Chilean Strawberry Red Wine)

Borgona
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14oz (400 grams) fresh strawberries (about 2 and 1/2 cup when chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sugar, see notes
  • 1 bottle of Chilean red wine (750ml or 26oz), chilled

Instructions

  1. Remove the stems from the strawberries and then chop the strawberries.
  2. Add sugar to the strawberries, mix gently, and set the bowl (covered) in the fridge for at least one hour (but you can prepare this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 24 hours). This is also a good time to place your wine bottle in the fridge to chill.
    After at least an hour, you should have a nice syrup with the strawberries. The more time passes, the more syrup you will have. Make sure that the sugar is all dissolved and you don’t have any remaining sugar granules.
  3. Add the strawberries (in syrup) and the chilled red wine to a pitcher.
  4. Give everything a good stir and chill in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  5. Serve in glasses, and don't forget to eat the strawberries at the end with a spoon!

Notes

Sugar – If the strawberries you’re using are sweet, you can use 1/2 cup sugar. If the strawberries are not as sweet or you have quite the sweet tooth, you can increase the amount to 2/3 cup sugar or adjust the amount further to your preference.

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Authors

  • Doina Johnson is a recipe developer and writer. Doina has been cooking for most of her life, and her style draws from many different influences. She cooked with her mother and grandma growing up in Eastern Europe, before adding modern, western influences to her style when living in the United States for about a decade. Then, she traveled full-time for several years, trying food in Europe, Asia, and South America, and bringing those influences into her own cooking. She strives to introduce passionate homecooks to world cuisine, generally by trying the food herself abroad and then recreating it at home and, at times, enlisting the help of local foodies and chefs.

  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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