Quentão - Brazilian Mulled Wine
Quentão (Portugese for "big heat") is a traditional drink for the Brazilian Festa Junina, a Catholic celebration of saints John, Paul and Anthony. It will definitely help keep your toes warm this winter. From Houston's Fogo de Chao as published in our local paper.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 pieces lemongrass
- 1 fresh pear, sliced
- 1 fresh peach, sliced
- 1 fresh apple, sliced
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 pint water
- 1 bottle red wine (Merlot, Cabernet, or Burgundy will all work)
- 1 1/2 ounces Cointreau liqueur
- 3 ounces cachaca (rum may be substituted if you can't find the cachaca)
Combine all the fruit and condiments in a saucepan.
Add water and heat to a boil; boil two minutes.
Add the wine and boil for another two minutes.
Reduce heat to warm and add the Cointreau and the cachaça (or rum).