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Quentão

Portuguese name for mulled wine; see there.

A heated alcoholic drink made from wine spiced and sweetened, traditionally drunk at Christmas markets, especially in northern countries, during the cold season. Such spiced wines were already very popular in the early Middle Ages, because the spices were a good way of covering up wine defects that often occurred at that time, or they could be used to make wine that was already more or less spoilt still drinkable. An old recipe from the 15th century: Boil 2 litres of old red wine with 375 g sugar, 1 piece of cinnamon, 6 cloves, the thinly peeled peel of ½ lemon, strain...

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