Saint John’s Wine


Today is the feast of St. John the Apostle.

John is considered to have been  our Lords favorite Apostles. He is referred  as “the “disciple whom Jesus loved.”  After Jesus died on the cross it is believed that Mary lived under John’s care.

According to Christian legend, John was ordered by Emperor Domitian to drink a cup of poisoned wine. When John blessed the cup of wine, the poison slithered away in the form of a snake. Hence because of Johns faith he was not harmed. Because of this legend it is customary to enjoy a special wine on his feast day.


Here in Virginia it is cold and wet. A wonderful warm wine would be ideal to enjoy on St. John’s Feast day. I like to serve this in a slow cooker set on low.


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Saint Johns Wine


1 bottle of red wine

4 clementines

1/4 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons whole cloves

2 tablespoons allspice berries

2 broken cinnamon sticks

2 star anise


Pour the wine in the slow cooker and set the slow cooker on low.

Peel two of the clementines and set aside the peel. Add the sugar and squeeze the juice of the peeled clementines into the warming wine.

Using a cheese cloth with a string put the clementine peels, cloves, allspice, cinnamon and star anise into the cheese cloth and tie with a string. Put the cheese cloth in the wine and cook on low for 4 hours.

Take the other two clementines and cut into rings. Float the rings on the top of the wine.

Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

Peace be with you,



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5 Responses to “Saint John’s Wine”

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    Debra — December 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love to buy clementines this time if year. And I would love a cup ‘o this during the frigid weather. Thanks for sharing this.


  2. #
    Gina — December 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Frosty outside! This sounds like the perfect libation for in front of the fireplace tonight.



  3. #
    Georgia — January 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    And with your spirit!

    Just discovered your site. Food from a Catholic perspective. Love it.

    Thank you!



    • vgantley — January 17th, 2014 @ 11:11 pm

      Ha ha Thanks Georgia! Glad to have you here.


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    Lisa@Lisa's Dinnertime Dish — December 31, 2016 at 8:21 am

    This sounds like a perfect winter sipper!


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