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[Updated November 29, 2016]
Our first Star Trek Trivia event was a roaring hit! Three dozen Trekkies turned out for seven rounds of trivia, laughs, and quality nerd camaraderie. Special thanks to Comicazi for having us and Wes Hazard for hosting. (If you attended and want to give us feedback, please contact us!)
The final team rankings were:
- The Niners
- Rock out with your Spock out
- Deep Space Fine
- Keeping up with the Cardassians
- What happens on Risa… (their final score was 69, no joke!)
- The Uhuras
- Captain Kirk’s Toupe
- Trouble with Trekkies
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
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.
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.
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!)
I am not the person to eulogize Leonard Nimoy. In just about any group of people I choose to be with, I am never the biggest Star Trek fan. There are gaps in my viewing of the original series that would horrify a true Trekkie. I hadn’t even seen The Wrath of Khan until a few years ago. (The good news is that it holds up extremely well.) So if you want a knowledgeable appreciation of Nimoy’s life, his career in general, or his time as Spock in particular, the rest of the internet will be more than willing to help.
And yet, there is one Leonard Nimoy story that hasn’t been told much, even as just about every well deserved kind word that can be said about the man is being said. It’s a story takes place as the starship Enterprise was about to head off into the animated frontier.