Klingon Bloodwine

At this point, you’d have to be lost in the Delta Quadrant to not know about our first ever Star Trek Trivia event this weekend. There’s going to be a lot of fun to be had, and The Ladies have decided to start the festivities early with our new recipe for Klingon bloodwine.

When creating this recipe, I did my research and decided to focus on the following facts:

  • Bloodwine is highly intoxicating
  • Worf likes his bloodwine “young and sweet”
  • Traditionally, bloodwine is served warm

That skull means we aren’t foolin’ around here!

I will admit to a good deal of trial and error this time around, and my first attempts at a mixed drink with hard liquors were pretty awful. I mean, to make perfectly good liquor undrinkable? The shame.

When I finally went back to scratch, I realized that the answer lay in the fact that bloodwine can be served warm. Using mulled wine as a base instead of liquor would not only allow me to control the color better but also allow me to create something that could be more or less sweet (in the case that you and Worf are in agreement on this one).

In the case of this recipe, I wouldn’t say that you need to follow it to the letter. In fact, it might be difficult to do so since I don’t have that many exact measurements and the ingredients you use can make a significant difference in how things taste. Happily, I love mulled wine, so the process of tasting and adjusting was a lot of fun.

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See that? Barely any light goes through. That’s because real bloodwine should be as dark, deep, and complex as the soul of a mighty Klingon warrior!

Ingredients

Bottle of red wine – I wouldn’t use anything too expensive, but you want to get something you are also happy to drink. I might even suggest Beaujolais Nouveau because it’s considered a “young” wine since it’s bottled only 6-8 weeks after harvest. It’s also sweet, fruity, and the kind of wine that people are just as likely to drink out of a straw or make slushies out of. So, it’s pretty unlikely we’re going to shock the wine snobs by mulling this one.

1 cup pomegranate juice – Most mulled wines are made with citrus, but I wanted something more tart that would not only add some bite but would also bolster the color.

4-8 whole cloves

1/2 tsp ginger – fresh or ground

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 cup sugar or honey – optional

Spiced rum – I used a shot and a half, but you can certainly use more or less depending on how strong or “authentic” you want this to taste.

Directions

Add ingredients to a pot and slowly bring to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 mins. While it cooks, feel free to taste and adjust. Just remember that the longer it simmers, the stronger the spices will taste. Best served warm, but can also be served at room temperature as a punch.

IwlIj jachjaj! (May your blood scream!)

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