Gluwein and crabbing
Gluwein (glow wine) and Crabbing.
Fall is here. That means two things. One, it means we can start making Gluwein and two, Dungeness Crabs Season is upon us.† And so, I was sitting here at work thinking about those two things and I decided to Google around if there were places in SF that serve gluwein and all I got were a bunch of recipes. What I saw was shit. Like, every damn recipe asked for a cup oí sugar and lemon to be added to boiling red wine and let to simmer for an hour. Maybe Iím alone on this one but all the gluwein I had over in Garmisch was sweetened with honey and had oranges in it. So in the case that somebody wants to reminisce about Garmisch Winters (and getting wasted and waking up in strange room is not an option at the moment), hereís a REAL gluwein recipe.
Itís all about process.
† A bottle of cheap red wine (merlot wild do).
† 1 or 2 oranges (slice up the rinds and squeeze the whole damn thing into the pot)
† 1/4 Ė 1 cup honey (depending on taste)
† Couple cinnamon sticks
† Whole cloves (start with like 5 and add more if desired)
† Dash of nutmeg (not a big dash)
2 cups water (about- in fact it doesnít really matter. Donít go measuring exactly two cups, Ďcause thatís just silly. Use 2 cups. Use 4 cups. Doesnít matter. Itís all to taste.)
Place water in large ďcleanĒ pot. Place all ingredients except wine into pot. Heat at a low simmer for like 30 minutes to an hour, making sure youíre not running out of water. Might wanna keep a lid on the thing too.
†Now we add the wine. Stir it up and just heat it to where itís all nice and hot again and kill the heat once thatís achieved. Now test it. Taste like shit? Yeah, thought it might. So, go and add a little more honey if itís too tart. If it has too much of an alcohol flavor just turn the heat back on. Itíll evaporate the alcohol before the water in the product, thatís why I say to not to boil the wine for too long, so as not to loose that second heat a sip will give. If you wanna kick up the alcohol content and not have it taste like shit just some brandy.
†I like to add Triple-Sec and make a tasty bastard child out of it. I love that wicked super orangey goodness. The inspiration for this actually came from someone else ruining a perfectly good pot of gluwein. I was chilliní in my room at the Abrams and Scotty Graham stops by to say hi. Little did I know he was already in Evil-Scotty mode. Before long I had turned away and looked out the window and he had added about an entire bottle a Jaeger to it in the hopes of ďfixing itĒ. Of course, he didnít tell me Ďtil I had another glass and damn near vomited. Well, we couldnít waste it. So we drank the whole pot then I decided to start fresh with a new batch. 30 minutes later I had some pretty tasty gluhwein and Scott goes bitching about how itís not hard enough and thereís no kick to it and Iím trying to explain that itís not supposed to have a massive kick. Anyhow. I lost. I agreed to add something with just one stipulation; I got to pick the booze that would ruin the second batch of my tasty gluhwein. I choose Triplesec and I choose wisely. It was stupid tasty. I canít say it helped us get drunk Ďcause we were already plastered from the Jaeg.
Anyhow, yeah, add triplesec and brandy if you want to get fucked up AND enjoy a nice winter treat.
As for crabbiní the Pacifica pier gets pretty damn cold in the evening so adding gluhwein to the situation fixes that nicely.