Klingon bloodwine, Apocalypse rising


Klingon bloodwine bottles, The way of the warrior

Empty bloodwine bottles


The first shared toast of bloodwine between a Human and a Klingon

Bloodwine (tlhIngan Hol: 'Iw HIq) is a popular alcoholic beverage among the Klingons, best served warm. As with many Klingon foods and beverages, it is not for the faint of heart. Bloodwine is known to be highly intoxicating, to the point that most non-Klingons are scarcely capable of handling it; it is twice as potent as whiskey. (VOY: "The Killing Game, Part II") The first Human known to consume the beverage was Jonathan Archer, while he awaited the verdict of his trial on Narendra III. (ENT: "Judgment")

Klingon captains and generals are fond of carrying several barrels of their favorite vintages to celebrate victories. Martok considered the vintage of 2309 to be the finest. (DS9: "Treachery, Faith and the Great River", "Once More Unto the Breach", "When It Rains...", "What You Leave Behind"). Worf liked his bloodwine very young and very sweet. (DS9: "Change of Heart")

Constable Odo found it a pity that bloodwine had no bubbles. (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")


  • Whether there is actual blood in the ingredients has never been revealed, however, the Star Trek Cookbook suggests that bloodwine is made of fermented blood and sugar.
  • During an interview with Michael Dorn, he explained that blood wine used during filming is actually fruit punch with added red food coloring to darken it. (citation needededit)
  • While in later seasons, bloodwine was usually served from large kettles or smaller, silver bottles, in "The House of Quark" it was served from a glass bottle in the shape of grapes. The same type of bottle appeared in "Vortex" where it contained langour.
  • A blood wine bottle was among the items which were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]


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