Quick Red-Wine Dessert Sauce

wine dessert sauce
Photo: Bryan Gardner
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Makes 1/4 cup

Just the thing for using up leftover red wine! Simmer with sugar and cinnamon until the liquid reduces into a fragrant, syrupy sauce, then serve with pound cake, fresh berries, and whipped cream. It's also delicious drizzled over baked apples or vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 cup red wine

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine wine, sugar, and cinnamon stick; cook, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil; cook until mixture is syrupy and reduced to 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled; increase the boiling time to 15 minutes.

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