So, Bloodwine. That Klingon favourite, not for the faint of heart and consumed in great quantities. I have called this bloodwine version 1 as I can see many bloodwine experiments in my future! Bloodwine is of course to be consumed at any occasion - before battle, after battle, during battle, reminiscing about battles…you get the idea. Where ever you choose to drink your bloodwine, make sure you have plenty of warriors to help you drink it, as it is quite strong!
I took inspiration from the description of bloodwine as being twice as strong as whiskey and also from the Klingon practice of storing bloodwine in barrels corresponding to particular vintages. Therefore, for this version of bloodwine, I’ve gone for an aged Negroni: gin, red vermouth and campari, aged with a handful of wine barrel chips for 6-8 weeks. You could, of course, use an actual wine barrel to age your bloodwine in, but I thought smaller quantities were better to start with.The end result is potent, a little bitter and very smooth - surely appropriate for your favourite Klingon.
(Why yes, that is my light-up skull cup from Dracula’s - when else am I going to get to use it?!)
Replicate your own
(Makes 1.5 litres / 1.5 quarts cocktail - scale up or down as needed)