Vino Navegado, is a Chilean warm wine drink that is very popular in south Chile. It's the perfect way to drink red wine during cold nights!
Warm your body up with this recipe for this Chilean Vino Navegado. All you need is a good red wine, some good ol' white sugar, some kind of citrus and optional spices like cinnamon and anise or cloves.
Normally it's made with oranges but today we'll use sweet Clementines for a different touch. Using a sweet citrus allows us to use less sugar.
That being said, a lot of the above has to do with personal preference, so if you love very sweet drinks, add more sugar! If you like lots of spices feel free to add more to your wine during the cooking process.
How to make Vino Navegado
The preparation for Vino Navegado is very easy and as a bonus, your home will smell delicious in the process!
- Start by putting the wine, sugar, Clementine slices and the optional spices in a small to medium saucepan.
- Warm wine mixture over low-medium heat, stirring once in a while. DO NOT boil as this process will make the wine bitter!
- Lower heat and simmer for about 3 minutes to infuse all of the flavors together
- Serve warm in hot tea cups or mugs. Garnish with Clementine slices, cinnamon sticks and even herbs like rosemary, sage or thyme for more textures.
If you have extra Clementines, I recommend you make my Moroccan Chicken Kebabs! They are so good and it's the perfect recipe to grill indoors using a cast iron grill.
Make it an international night at home and cook Moroccan Kebabs and pair it with Vino Navegado. So good!
I hope this recipe brings you many comforting and delicious nights throughout the rest of the fall, winter + beyond!
- 1 bottle of good quality red wine. Merlot or cabernet sauvignon work well.
- 2 clementines sliced with peel on + more for garnish
- ½ cup white sugar or more to taste
- 3 anise stars & 1 cinnamon stick optional
- In a small to medium saucepan, add all ingredients.
- Warm wine mixture over low-medium heat, stirring once in a while. DO NOT boil!
- Lower heat and simmer for about 3 minutes.
- Serve warm in hot tea cups or mugs. Garnish with Clementine slices, cinnamon sticks. You may also garnish with herbs like rosemary, sage or thyme for more texture.
- Do not boil the wine mixture or it may become bitter.
- For a more thick consistency, simmer the wine in low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. The alcohol will evaporate more so the final product will contain less alcohol.